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Liability for animals

Animals can be unpredictable. A kick from a horse or a dog bite can have major consequences. Owners are liable, in principle, for the loss caused by their animal’s unpredictable behaviour.  This is called vicarious liability:  You are liable simply by having an animal that causes loss or damage. After all, you take a certain risk by having this animal, as it might cause damage to others. In almost all cases, the animal’s owner must pay the loss.