Landlord bares teeth in dog-bite lawsuit

Is property owner liable for damages when tenant's pit bull mauls visitor?

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Gerald owns a rental house, which he rented in 1993 to Tracy and Fin. The lease authorized them to have a springer spaniel dog on the property. Unknown to Gerald, that dog died in 1994. Several months later, also unknown to the landlord, the tenants acquired a Dalmatian and a pit bull dog named Kemo. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. In 2001, Brian, a minor child visitor to the residence, was severely bitten by Kemo. Brian, through his guardian, sued landlord Gerald for recovery of monetary damages for his injuries. But Gerald replied he did not know the tenants had a pit bull or Kemo's dangerous propensities. Tenants Tracy and Fin testified they didn't recall Gerald ever seeing the pit bull dog on his infrequent visits to the front of the property. If you were the judge would you rule the landlord is liable to little Brian for his injuries? The judge said no! There was no evidence presented, the judge began, that Gerald had actual knowledge his tenants, Tracy and Fin, had a pit bul...