LAW 512-001 – Torts II

Fencing In Statute


A fencing in statute holds an owner of animals strictly liable if an animal is not properly restrained.

If the animal is fenced in properly and escapes anyway, there are three different responses:

  1. No strict liability, instead just using negligence
  2. Strict liability
  3. Common Law Trespassing Animals Rule

    The owner of animals likely to roam and do damage is strictly liable for their trespasses.

    An owner is strictly liable for the damage done by the trespass of animals as long as it was reasonably foreseeable.

    Livestock straying from a highway on which they are lawfully being driven are exempt.

    Dogs and cats are not included.