Dog attack laws are changing

November 30th, 2017


New laws introduced to SA will see owners of dogs who flee the scene of an attack facing a hefty fine. These new laws are trying to stop people fleeing the scene of dog attacks, and instead require them to help any person or animal involved, as well as exchange information. If they fail to do so, they could be faced with a fine of up to $5,000.

The proposed law would be the same of that on motorists to exchange registration and insurance details after a car accident. The reason for the new penalty is due to an increase in dog attacks in recent years; the number has risen by 85 percent since 2012, and in particular, there has been a large number of children involved in accidents.

It is important to make sure your pet insurance policy includes Third Party Liability because if you are not covered you may find yourself responsible for any veterinary fees and compensation if you are proven legally liable. Third Party Liability cover means dog owners are covered if property is damaged, or someone is injured, falls ill or is killed as a result of an incident involving your dog. You will also be covered for compensation and costs awarded against you by a court and the legal costs and expenses for defending a claim against you.

Petplan Pet Insurance offers Third Party Liability on all of their policies, meaning if your dog is injured in an attack by another dog then you will be covered. Petplan may also take action against the owner of the other dog on your behalf if they feel the other dog owner can be proved legally liable.

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