New York’s “One Bite” law allows that if a dog owner did not know about prior dangerous behavior, the owner might not be responsible for damages beyond medical bills. The dog owner’s insurance company will argue that the victim provoked the dog or that the dog had never been involved in an incident before.
New York law protects dogs and their owners in certain situations. If a person trespasses onto a property and a dog bites the trespasser, the dog and owner may not be held liable for injuries or medical bills. Regardless of a dog’s history or tendency, dogs can be unpredictable. If provoked, dogs are going to respond to protect themselves and their owners. If attacked after provoking a dog, the law protects the owner from liability.