Keep your delivery drivers away from animals during Christmas gift season


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – This time of year people love to order Christmas presents early. But for delivery drivers, this happy preparation for the holiday season can turn into fear when the dogs are on the loose.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, 5,714 of its employees were attacked by dogs while on the job in 2018.

All Creatures Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr Vicky McGrath said many dogs never show signs of aggression before an attack.

“My dog ​​would never bite”. That’s right, most of us are, “said McGrath. “Our dogs at home are happy with us. They never bite, and that’s okay until they’re put in a situation where they can protect their environment, and then your nice dog who never did anything suddenly might attack or bite someone.

Crocker law firm attorney Angela Kniery said Kentucky law was tough to keep people safe.

“As a dog owner in Kentucky, you are responsible for any damage caused by your dog, whether it is injury to person, property or livestock,” Kniery said. “The law is strict liability law, which means all the victim, or the person injured, has to prove is that it was your dog and the dog caused the damage. There is no consideration about any negligence on the [part of the] dog owner. “

Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC Damage Lawyers website says there is no “one free bite” rule in Kentucky. This means that it does not matter if the dog has never shown aggressive tendencies in the past.

If a person’s dog bites someone who is not an intruder, the owner is very likely to be responsible for the damage, according to this site.

According to the Kaufman & Stigger website, even if the dog knocks over a delivery person and injures them without biting them, strict liability applies.

“You are responsible for this, and therefore we want to do things to mitigate this risk,” said McGrath.

“I’d better be safe than sorry to keep your dogs outside, especially if you know the delivery is coming or people are coming to your house,” Kniery said.

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