Law adds liability exception for police-dog bites in S.C.

07/22/2013 | Insurance Journal

A law enacted recently in South Carolina will not hold police K-9 units liable for bites by certified police dogs if the dogs are on official duty and responding as trained. Under the law previously, "if a suspect turned on an officer making an arrest, and the dog bit the suspect, then there would be liability for the dog bite. When I realized that and just how one-sided existing law was, I felt we needed to change it," said Sen. Larry Martin, who sponsored the bill.

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