New Hampshire Dog Bite Law

by Neil B. Nicholson on Dec. 22, 2021

Accident & Injury Animal Bite 

Summary: This article highlights important issues pertaining to New Hampshire dog bite law.

New Hampshire law imposes “strict liability” on dog owners when their dog causes injury to another person. NH RSA 466:19 states that “[a]ny person to whom or to whose property, including sheep, lambs, fowl, or other domestic creatures, damage may be occasioned by a dog not owned or kept by such person shall be entitled to recover damages from the person who owns, keeps, or possesses the dog, unless the damage was occasioned to a person who was engaged in the commission of a trespass or other tort. A parent or guardian shall be liable under this section if the owner or keeper of the dog is a minor.”


A dog owner is responsible not only for their dog’s direct injuries to a person (like a dog bite), but also for indirect injuries (like when a dog jumps up and scares you and caused you to fall down).


The dog breed doesn’t matter in terms of liability. Some dogs have a greater propensity toward violent attacks, but any dog can cause injury – causing any dog owner to become liable for the injuries their dog caused.

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