The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against a homeowner who was allowing an acquaintance with two dogs to move in.
One of the dogs bit a passerby and the court said the homeowner can be held legally responsible for the injuries, even though she was not the dog’s owner. The decision upholds a ruling by the District 2 Court of Appeals.
The Supreme Court agreed that Nancy Seefeldt, of Menasha, was the “keeper” of the dogs and responsible for any injuries they caused.
The dogs charged out of her home in October 2003 after their owner, Walter Waterman, let them out so they could come with him to the store. One ran across the street and bit Colleen Pawlowski three times, causing puncture wounds and soft tissue damage.
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