What Defenses Can North Carolina Dog Owners Use in Dog Bite Cases? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

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.