HOLLY, Mich. (AP) – Upset about a dog bite? Sometimes it’s better to keep your hand in your pocket.

Thomas Cummings was bitten by a dog when he put his hand over a fence in Holly. But the Michigan appeals court ruled in favor of the dog’s owners, saying Cummings was trespassing, even if he was standing on the other side of the fence.

In a 3-0 decision Tuesday, the court says “no reasonable juror” could conclude that Cummings had permission to put his hand over the fence, especially after the dog was running around and growling at him.

The owners said the dog was “uncomfortable with strangers.”

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  1. good, people get dogs as part of their family and for protection, it is not ok to pet someone’s dog ever with out their permission and keep your hands out of my yard, most dogs warn you before they bite,, this dog was doing it’s job and it and it’s owner should not be punished

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