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Approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States annually, says the CDC. (Photo: Shutterstock) Approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States annually, says the CDC. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Editor’s Note: Dogs create a lot of issues when it comes to insurance policies. Some insurance carriers list various large or “aggressive” breeds that they will not provide coverage for, as the risk of injury to others is too high.

Dog bites can create other issues. For example, if a dog bites another party while in the care of a dog walker, the walker’s insurance coverage will cover the incident. But what if a dog is in the care of its owner’s relative. How is liability assigned in the event of a bite?

Question: Our insured was watching his mother’s dog at his property while she is away. The mother does not live with the insured and is divorced from the father.

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