Community Association Liability For Dog Bites – Woof, Woof, Woof

Can a Florida condominium, homeowners’, and cooperative association have liability for its members’ dog bites? Apparently, the answer is yes, it surely can.  In 1996, the Fourth District Court of Appeal of Florida in Barrwood Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Maser, held that an association could be found liable where there was sufficient evidence from which a jury could determine that it was aware of a dog’s vicious propensities. In this case, there was a dog attack and bite to a minor child. The incident occurred on the Association’s common area. The issue in the case was whether or not the Association’s liability could be diminished due to the act of the dog’s owner, who was not named as a defendant in the case.     Read the article…………….


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