Dog Bite cases that have reached the Supreme Court of Washington State

Miller v. Reeves, 101 Wash. 642, 644-45, 172 P. 815 (1918)

  • “A man may own an animal and yet not be its keeper. The word ‘keeper’ is equivalent to the ‘the person who harbors.’ Harboring means protecting, and one who treats a dog as living at his house, and undertakes to control his actions, is the owner or keeper within the meaning of the law.” 

Arnold v. Laird, 94 Wn.2d 867, 871, 621 P.2d 138 (1980)

  • Regardless of any negligence, a dog owner, keeper or harborer, who knows or reasonably should have known, the dog had vicious or dangerous tendencies, is liable for injuries to another. 

Frobig v. Gordon, 124 Wn.2d 732, 881 P.2d 226, (1994)

  • A landlord has no duty to protect third parties from tenant’s lawfully owned but dangerous dog.