Kansas Dog Law

Liability Statute

Kansas does not have a Dog Bite Statute.

Common Law Liability

Generally, in Kansas, liability in dog-bite cases is based on the fault of the owner. If a dog is not vicious or is not known to be vicious, its owner will not be found liable for damages if the animal unexpectedly injures someone. In other words, if the owner has no reason to foresee, or predict, that the dog might injure someone, the owner will not be held liable.

Dangerous Dog Statute

Kansas does not have a state-wide Dangerous Dog Statute. Each municipality can, however, enact local ordinances addressing regulation of dangerous dogs. In Topeka, for example, the local government passed a law that makes it unlawful for a dog owner to permit a dog to bite or attack someone.

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