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Ohio Dog Bite Law – Assumption of the Risk is not a Permissible Defense

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In Ohio, the owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog is liable in damages for any injury, death, or loss to a person or property that is caused by the dog. Ohio’s dog bite law is one of strict liability. Defenses to a dog bite claim arise when the damage caused by the dog was the result of the injured person tresspassing, or teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog. Voluntarily encountering the dog and "assuming the risk" of being bitten is not a defense in Ohio pursuant to R.C. 955.28 and Pulley v. Malek (1986), 25 Ohio St.3d 95.