What are my rights?
My friend had to go out of town for the day, so I'm taking care of their dog. That pup can get a bit aggressive outside of the house. But if anything happens, I won't be held responsible because it's not my dog.
Whether you’re a dog person, a cat person, or a micro mini pig person — as an animal owner you have legal obligations to your pet. Owners must also make sure their pets behave appropriately out in the world. Here, learn what to look out for when you take your pet for a walk, on a road trip, or for a run in the park. (We also have information on taking care of pets at home.)
What you should know
You are responsible, even if you’re not the owner
Even a loveable, “people-person” pet can be a menace
But if your dog is aggressive, you have to take special measures
A big, open park or field does not give you the right to go off leash
If your pet injures someone
Take action to prevent problems
Step 1. License and register your pet
Step 2. Empathize with others
Step 3. Document any attacks or injuries
Who can help