Strict Liability and Dog Bites in South Carolina
South Carolina law makes the owner of a dog responsible for the animal’s actions if it bites, attacks, or mauls someone. This “strict liability” means the person injured by a dog bite or attack can seek compensation for their injury without having to prove the dog was known to be dangerous or that the owner failed to control the dog.
South Carolina law also requires that the owner of a dog identified as a “dangerous animal” register and confine the animal. A dangerous animal is one that is known to attack or to be likely to attack people or pets without provocation.