You must comply with the quarantine, but you have a right to appeal it through the animal control's administrative appeals process.
Texas follows the ancient and outdated "one bite rule." This means that legal liability for a dog bite is based on one of the following circumstances: (a) the owner knew that the dog had bitten someone previously or had the dangerous propensity to bite a person, (b) the accident was cause by the negligence of the person handling the dog, (c) the accident was caused by a violation of a leash law, prohibition against dogs trespassing or running at large, or a similar animal control law, or (d) the injury was caused intentionally by the person handling the dog.
When it is not possible to prove that the dog owner was aware of its dangerous tendency to bite people, the victim can base his claim on negligence.
Additionally, in a case entitled Bushnell v. Mott (2008), the Texas Supreme Court held that a dog owner owes a duty to attempt to stop his dog from attacking a person after the attack has begun. This is a civil duty, meaning that the victim can sue if the dog owner fails to attempt to stop the attack.
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