Dog Bite Case: Owner, Harborer, or Keeper
What is Keeping or Harboring?
The court held that the following instruction is a correct statement of the law, “Harboring or keeping a dog means something more than a meal of mercy to a stray dog or the casual presence of a dog on someone’s premises. Harboring means to afford lodging, to shelter, or to give refuge to a dog. Keeping a dog, as used in the statute before us, implies more than the mere harboring of the dog for a limited purpose or time. One becomes the keeper of a dog only when he either with or without the owner’s permission undertakes to manage, control, or care for it as dog owners in general are accustomed to do.
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