Nashville, TN asked in Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee

Q: If someone told me my dog bite them because he was running loose in their yard, do they have to show proof my dog did it

My dog will not stay in the yard and I don't believe in chaining them up, only makes them more territorial and mean. I had a man come to my house and tell me that he was bitten by my dog because he was in his yard, does he need to show proof that it was my dog that bit him or will the court system just take his word for it? He's already told 3 different stories to this situation

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Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: If there is no other witness and the man claims he was bitten by your dog, then most likely anyone would believe that he was. Proof could be something as simple as a picture of the bite marks. If the man is willing to put on a sworn document or swear in court as to what happened, he is likely to be believed in the absence of contradicting evidence. I recommend you consult with an attorney if you have additional questions. Good luck.

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