The Second Department determined Supreme Court properly denied the landlord’s (appellant’s) motion for summary judgment in this dog bite case. The plaintiff was bitten by a tenant’s dog. The court explained the relevant law:
… [To] “recover against a landlord for injuries caused by a tenant’s dog on a theory of strict liability, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the landlord: (1) had notice that a dog was being harbored on the premises; (2) knew or should have known that the dog had vicious propensities, and (3) had sufficient control of the premises to allow the landlord to remove or confine the dog'” … .
… [T]he appellant established his prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law dismissing the third cause of action insofar as asserted against him … . In support of his motion, he submitted, inter alia, his deposition transcript and the deposition transcripts of the injured plaintiff and [the tenant]. This evidence demonstrated, prima facie, that the appellant was not aware, nor should have been aware, that the dog had any vicious propensities … . In opposition, however, the plaintiffs raised triable issues of fact as to whether the dog did indeed have vicious propensities and whether the appellant knew or should have known of them … . Kim v Hong, 2016 NY Slip Op 06698, 2nd Dept 10-12-16
ANIMAL LAW (QUESTION OF FACT WHETHER LANDLORD LIABLE FOR BITE BY TENANT’S DOG)/LANDLORD-TENANT (DOG BITE, QUESTION OF FACT WHETHER LANDLORD LIABLE FOR BITE BY TENANT’S DOG)/DOG BITE (QUESTION OF FACT WHETHER LANDLORD LIABLE FOR BITE BY TENANT’S DOG)