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acts or injuries committed by the dog causing damage to a third party’s property. The Animal Liability Act would significantly change the law related to the liability of pet owners in British Columbia. The Act arguably would provide greater protection to potential plaintiffs than the corresponding legislation in Ontario and Newfoundland in that it applies to not only dogs, but also all other animals, including exotic pets. If the Act comes into force, all dog and exotic pet owners should ensure that they have the appropriate insurance coverage in place in order to avoid personally paying out an expensive claim for injuries attributable to their pets. ENDNOTES 54 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE 1. “Responsible Dog Ownership Prevents Injuries and Saves Lives” (January 2014), online: <https:// canadasafetycouncil.org/safety-canada-online/ ar ticle/responsible-dog-ownership-preventsinjuries and-saves-lives>. 2. “Dog Bites Get Chunk of Insurance Payouts”, CBC News (22 September 2010), online: <http://www. cbc.ca/news/dog-bites-get-chunk-of-insurancepayouts 1.867930>. 3. Ibid. 4. Woods v Standish, (1991) 58 BCLR (2d) 302 (SC). 5. Animal Liability Act, 2016, Bill M212. First reading occurred on April 6, 2016. 6. (1892), 2 BCR 101 (SC). 7. 1996 RSBC, c 337. 8. 1997 CanLII 3258 (BCCA). 9. 2001 BCPC 96. 10. 2016 BCPC 181. 11. 2002 BCCA 280. 12. 1990 CanLII 2234 (BCSC). 13. 2003 BCSC 1684, appeal allowed and matter remitted for a new trial: 2005 BCCA 193. 14. RSO 1990, c D16. 15. Formerly the Dog Act, RSNL 1990, c D26, now the Animal Health and Protection Act, SNL 2010, c A- 9.1, s 34. 16. CCSM, c A95. 17. 2014 ONSC 3792. 18. Lofstrom v Hydamaka, 2013 MBQB 220. 19. Kwok v Jennings, 2016 SKQB 170. t t t t t 8 F T U D P B TU 4 V S W F Z T -U E Registered member of ASTT of BC Site surveys for Mortgage Purposes Don Prokopetz AScT, RSIS Tel 604 543-8665 Fax 604 543-8610


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