Mississippi Dog Law

Liability Statute

Mississippi does not have a Dog Bite Statute. The state has delegated the control of dangerous animals to its municipalities. Those with issues regarding dangerous animals should contact their municipality to determine the ordinances that pertain to them.

Common Law Liability

An injured person can recover damages against a dog owner for injuries caused by the owner’s dog, if he or she proves that the owner’s negligence caused the injury. In order to prove negligence, the injured person must come forth with some proof that the dog exhibited some dangerous propensity prior to the attack and that the owner knew, or reasonably should have known, of the dog’s dangerous propensity or disposition and that the owner should have reasonably foreseen that the animal was likely to attack.

Dangerous Dog Statute

Mississippi does not have a Dangerous Dog Statute.

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