Florida has a statute that makes a dog owner liable for "any damage" to a person or domestic animal, meaning a non-bite injury. Section 767.01 provides as follows:

Owners of dogs shall be liable for any damage done by their dogs to a person or to any animal included in the definitions of "domestic animal" and "livestock" as provided by s. 585.01.

The Florida definition of "domestic animal" is set forth in section 585.01 subd. (10) as follows:

"Domestic animal" shall include any equine or bovine animal, goat, sheep, swine, domestic cat, dog, poultry, ostrich, emu, rhea, or other domesticated beast or bird. The term "animal," as used in this chapter, shall include wild or game animals whenever necessary to effectively control or eradicate dangerous transmissible diseases or pests which threaten the agricultural interests of the state.

 

 

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