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The Charlotte Observer is reporting a 6-year-old North Carolina boy was seriously injured on Wednesday after a Rottweiler bit him while his family visited a neighbor’s house. The boy is recovering after hours of surgery at Northeast Medical Center in Concord, North Carolina.

Under North Carolina law the owner of a dog and possibly the owner of the property, where a dog is being boarded, can be liable for injuries caused by the animal. A common misconception is a dog gets “one free bite” before the owner can be held liable. Under North Carolina law the owner or boarder of a dangerous dog can be liable is the dog is of a breed that the owner should know exhibits dangerous or aggressive behavior. The Rottweiler breed would fall under this category. According to data issued from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), during the 1990s, Rottweilers replaced pit bulls as the deadliest dog in the United States, killing more than 33 persons between 1991 and 1998.

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