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Evidence of Admission of Intoxication Allowed in Virginia Dog Bite Case

Akita

A Chesapeake circuit judge has ruled that a plaintiff's admission to an animal control officer after incurring injuries from a dog bite that she was intoxicated at the time of the biting incident and wasn't sure if she had tripped over the dog at issue, an Akita in this case, are admissible at trial. The court additionally deferred ruling on whether the defense could introduce expert testimony of whether dogs are stimulated by the smell of alcohol on a person. The story can be found here. Above is a photo of a black-and-white Akita.

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