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Woman Held Liable in Houseguest’s Dog Attack

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a woman who allowed a man and his dogs to stay in her home is liable for injuries caused during an attack on another individual. The Justices ruled that by allowing the dogs to stay in her home, the woman's actions could be determined as "harboring" the animals and by doing so, the woman bears responsibility for their actions.

Sources say the woman's defense relied on showing that the dogs were under the care of their immediate owner and arguments were made that the woman had no responsibility to control her houseguest's dogs. The court disagreed with the arguments and ruled that her actions constituted liability for the injuries to the individual. 

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