Unless the victim was unlawfully on private property at the time of the attack or was provoking the dog, the owner of the animal is strictly liable for any injuries resulting from physical contact. When it comes to liability, the dog's previous behavior is irrelevant, meaning the owner is responsible even if his dog has never bitten someone before or shown any tendency to bite.
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