Yes. In Massachusetts a dog owner is responsible if their dog bites or hurts someone in any way. There are certainly some exceptions to this rule, but in most cases they don’t apply. You should know that there’s no “free bite rule” in Massachusetts. The “free bite rule” means that a dog gets “one free bite” before its owner will be responsible. That doesn’t apply here in Massachusetts.
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