What Defenses Can North Carolina Dog Owners Use in Dog Bite Cases?

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.


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