Q: My neighbor has a Rottweiler that he keeps in his yard. The dog is always barking and growling. Last week it got through my neighbor’s gate, ran onto my property, and bit my son’s friend. Can I be held liable for this?
A: No, but your neighbor probably can. If someone has a dog with known vicious propensities, they have the obligation to make sure that the dog does not present a danger to others. It sounds like your neighbor didn’t make sure that his gate was secured.
His homeowner’s insurance will cover him for this type of incident. Unless you did something that caused or contributed to the dog getting out of your neighbor’s yard, you could not be held liable just because the bite happened on your property.