Dog owners in North Carolina have the following defenses against insurance claims and civil lawsuits arising from dog bites:
- The victim was threatening or abusing the dog.
- The victim was threatening or assaulting the owner or a member of the owner’s family.
- The victim was trespassing or otherwise on the owner’s property without permission.
- The victim was committing some other crime.
- The dog was trained for and working in a law enforcement capacity or was being used in a lawful hunt.