A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday reversed a trial judge who relied on his personal experience as a dog owner in ruling that a dog that bit two people did not fall under the state Dangerous Dog Statute. The appeals court reinstated a municipal judge's imposition of safety measures callling for the animal's owner to erect a 6-foot fence around his property, put a tether and muzzle on the dog whenever he is removed from its enclosure and obtain $1 million in liability coverage.
Judge in Doghouse for Using Own Experience to Decide Bite Case
New Jersey Law Journal
March 5, 2010