Edgar Snyder & Associates®
A Law Firm Representing Injured People
Toll Free 24/7 (1-866-943-3427)

Tennessee Dog Law


Liability Statute

Tennessee dog owners have a duty to keep their dogs under reasonable control and not running at large. When the owner breaches that duty, he is strictly liable when a person is injured by the dog in a public place or lawfully in or on the property of another.

When a person is injured by a dog on the residential, farm, or other noncommercial property of the owner, the injured person must prove the owner knew or should have known the dog's dangerous propensities to recover.

There is no liability for a dog that is doing police or military work, or protecting someone from being attacked. There is no liability if the victim provoked the dog or if the injury occurred while the dog was securely confined in a kennel, crate, or other enclosure.

Common Law Liability

In order to recover for a dog-bite, the plaintiff must prove that the dog owner’s negligence caused the injury.

Dangerous Dog Statute

Tennessee does not have a Dangerous Dog Statute.

Back to state dog law map

Get Answers to Your Questions:

Need more information on state laws? Learn more about the laws where you live.

Note: Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia. This information is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, although if you are injured in an accident, we have relationships with other personal injury attorneys and lawyers throughout the United States.

Free Case Review

First Name

Last Name



- -


Briefly describe your injuries

Verdicts & Settlements
Slip and Fall Accident
Victim suffered severe concussion
Car Accident
Victim required a hip replacement
Passenger hurt in car accident
Client suffered massive internal injuries
View More Results
Law Firm Reviews

Edgar Snyder & Associates jumped on my case and did what they had to do right away. When I called, they gave me answers right away.

Lawrence County, PA

View More Quotes
Awards & Memberships
Awards and Memberships