Dog Owners Liable When Their Pets Bite — Are You Covered?

There were over 90 million dogs residing in people's homes across the United States in 2018, according to the American Pet Products Association. Unfortunately, there are more than 5 million dog bites reported each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of that amount, almost 900,000 require medical care, and about 50% of those cases involve children. While insurers will cover most dogs, some will not insure a long list of specific breeds. Dobermans and pit bulls are on many of the exclusion lists. Some insurers do not discriminate by breed and instead determine a dog's status by individual…

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