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Decisions of the Nineteenth Century Tasmanian Superior Courts

Turner v. Rand [1828]

animals, dangerous - dogs

Supreme Court of Van Diemen's Land
Pedder C.J., 1 March 1828
Source: Tasmanian, 14 March 1828

Some time since, Turner, who was bitten by a ferocious dog in melville-street, [sic] exhibited a complaint at the Police Office against Mr. Rand, which was dismissed, as a case coming under the nature of civil damages. As the Plantiff [sic] had been seriously injured, and his clothes torn, he brought an action, which was heard this day, March 1st. The plaintiff affirmed that he had been attacked by a large black dog, belonging to Mr. Rand, but as no proof was brought to identify the dog, he was non-suited.
[This case excited considerable merriment in Court; but, notwithstanding, so much have been learned, that persons may subject themselves to heavy damages by allowing their dogs to go at large, during the day, in the streets. This annoyance has become so alarmingly dangerous, that (we hope and trust,) the Authorities will see the necessity of taking immediate cognizance of it. ED.]

Published by the Division of Law, Macquarie University and the School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania