My Dog Was Attacked; What Do I Do?
Every country, state, or city has its local laws; it’s difficult to provide a one-fits-all answer to this question. Always consult a local lawyer who understands the legalities of dog bites so that you have a professional navigating the local laws.
Some general crossovers apply to many places, though. In most places, if you are up to date on vaccinations, your dog is registered, and you follow leash laws, you will not be found liable for a dog attack that your dog did not provoke.
Dog fights happen quickly with little warning if one dog is off-leash; this is why it is so important to follow local leash laws. If your dog needs veterinary attention after being bitten, it’s possible in some cases to get the owner of the attacking dog to pay the bills.
Consult a lawyer if you are thinking of suing for medical bills; since court costs and other costs, it may not be wise to spend money in court as it may risk the loss of money that could go towards your vet bills.
If a dog attack leads to the unthinkable scenario of death, a settlement is usually reached for the price of your dog. Money will not replace what dogs mean to us, but covering the cost of your pet is the route the courts take to handle these cases.
My Dog Bit Another Dog In Defense
When attacked, most dogs will fight back, and this could lead to your dog biting another in defense. If this happens, you are often not held liable as your dog did not provoke the fight.
Other factors will be considered, though, these are:
- If the owners were following local laws
- If either dog has been in previous fights
If the bite is out of defense, this can be looked over. However, like human fights, if the dog goes too far and continues to harm the other dog even after the fight stops, this may be investigated.