one bite statesThe one bite states are those which follow the English rule for determining the civil liability of owners of domestic animals (including but not limited to dogs) that injure a person.

A minority of American states continue to follow the one bite rule. For a diagram showing those states, look to the right of this paragraph.

The one bite states have seen the greatest number of fatal dog attacks in recent years. There is no state-by-state study of dog bites, so it is not possible to compare the number of bites in one bite states to the number in strict liability states.

To read more about the one bite rule, see the home page of Dog Bite Law and also The One Bite Rule.