Employers May Be Liable If Employee or Visitor Dogs Attack

Updated on: 11/25/2019

The 21st annual Take Your Dog To Work Day (“TYDTWDay”) is coming up on June 21, 2019.  The event was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1999 to encourage employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace.  

Although dogs at work may boost morale or create what appears to be a more friendly environment they can also create serious liability issues for the pet owner and their employer if the dog bites someone.  Even those businesses that have a written pet policy designed to create safety procedures may be liable if that policy is not strictly and uniformly enforced.  

Lawsuit Filed Shick Hadel Hospital After Dog Attacks Patient

dog bite at workRecently Davis Law Group filed a lawsuit (filed 5/24/2019) in King County Superior Court (19-2-13986-2-SEA) against Schick Shadel Hospital in Burien, WA because they failed to follow their own pet policy procedures resulting in a patent being mauled by a visiting pitbull/mastiff mix dog that had a history of aggressive behavior.  

Related: Schick Shadel Hospital Sued After Patient Attacked By Pitbill Mastiff Mix.  Click here to read about the vicious attack, the lawsuit and see the court filings.

DLG Case Number: 201649

Photo Credit: Burien Animal Control

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Christopher M. Davis is principal attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.
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