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Landlord can't be held responsible for tenant's loose dogs

Jimmy Johnson was injured in an attack by two dogs who escaped from a nearby property.  He sued the owner of the dogs and also sued the landlord of the premises where the dogs were kept (probably in part because the tenants probably did not have any insurance to cover their liability and the property owner did). 

The victim  argued that the landlord knew of the vicious propensity of the dogs and of their precarious containment, and as a result, he argued, the property owner owed a duty to protect the surrounding public from what amounted to an unsafe condition.  The Court of Appeals held that the landlord owed no duty to the public once the dogs left the property he rented to the dogs' owner.
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