Can people other than the dog’s owner be liable?
The answer is sometimes. A third party might be liable for a dog bite if he or she had
control of the dog but failed to confine it or prevent the attack. Also, landlords can
sometimes be held liable for a dog that attacks on their premises, even if they were not present.
To pursue a claim against the landlord you need to be able to show that the landlord
consented to the renter owning a dog on the property, that they knew or should have known,
was dangerous and did not take precautions. Such as, providing an adequate fence or giving
proper instructions to the renter that the renter has to follow.