A Mount Sterling teen required medical treatment after being bitten by an unleashed pit bull in Montgomery County, Ky. last week. Ellen Gray, mother of 18-year-old Robert Gray, stated her son was walking in their Mount Sterling neighborhood when he suddenly felt something clamp down on his hand and realized it was a neighborhood pit bull.
The dog’s owner, Paul Arnett, contends his 14-year-old pit bull was not an aggressive dog and would not have become so unless she was provoked or felt threatened.
Kentucky Revised Statute Chapter 285 states that owners of dogs are strictly liable for any and all damages caused when their dog attacks an innocent victim. Strict liability is liability without having to show negligence. Therefore a dog owner can be held strictly liable for damages of a dog bite victim regardless of whether the owner exercised ordinary care or not.