Courts are interpreting how to handle cases against owners of dangerous pets.

China’s top court said on Monday it is developing a judicial interpretation of how to handle cases involving people being harmed by dangerous animals, so that judges can more effectively resolve related cases.

“We have decided to make such an interpretation as the number and variety of dogs domesticated in our country has steadily increased over the past few years, resulting in dog injuries, particularly But fights caused by aggressive dogs,” Chen Yifang, chief judge of the Supreme People’s Court’s No. 1 Civil Adjudication Tribunal, said at a news conference.

Among the cases, in August 2019, a 7-year-old boy named Xu was mauled in the face by an Alaskan malamute he was playing with in a residential area. Sue’s family later sued the dog’s owner, named Leo, after they failed to reach an agreement on compensation.

The local court eventually ruled in favor of Soo’s family. It ordered Liu to pay more than 30,000 yuan ($4,168) in compensation because the local dog management code states that Alaskan malamutes are classified as large and dangerous dogs that cannot be kept within the city. is prohibited.

Meanwhile, the Civil Code, the country’s main law governing civil activity, also stipulates that if dangerous animals such as ferocious dogs – which are not allowed to be kept as pets – injure others. If there are, then the owners or keepers should bear the responsibility.

Chen said the court ruling shows that if banned animals that are dangerous injure people, the owners should be held liable, regardless of whether the victims were at fault.

But Chen acknowledged that whether that liability can be reduced or waived when victims are blamed is still disputed in some quarters.

“It is important to further clarify this issue in judicial interpretation to help unify standards in handling this issue,” he said.

On Monday, the high court also revealed a few landmark cases to reiterate that people under the age of 18 are prohibited from taking dogs outside alone, and that residents must keep their dogs on a leash. Keep on straps while walking.

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