We’re very sorry to hear that your furry friend has been attacked by another dog. Unfortunately, these things happen and it can be a very stressful time for both dog parents and the wounded dog.
While you tend to his/her wounds, you may start to wonder how you are going to cover all the costs related to nursing him/her back to health. Is your dog entitled to any form of legal claim, and are there any penalties for the other dog parent? The short answer is yes, but there are some things you should know/consider.
Request Insurance Information
Ensure you gather the dog parent’s name and their insurance company. This way you will have an idea about how much coverage your dog may be entitled to and if you will have to bring the parent to court.
Get your Dog Treated ASAP
Don’t wait for the other dog parent to shell out the funds to cover your dog’s medical bills. While you wait, your dog will continue to suffer. If you can afford to pay for everything yourself, do it. You have a right to demand compensation for the cost of treatment, but this can take some time especially if the other dog parent doesn’t have the money at the moment or is being difficult. The amount refunded will of course be based on the severity of the injury, which will determine the cost of veterinary service and medication, along with physical rehabilitation. It might take some time to calculate this amount and your dog cannot wait that long!
You Can Sue The Dog Owner For Negligence/Recklessness
Every dog parent with an aggressive dog knows that they should not bring them around other people or animals without taking proper precautions. If the parent fails to uphold their responsibility, there is a possibility he/she may face criminal charges. This can include the payment of fines, jail time, losing ownership of the dog, and even an order to euthanize the dog.
It Matters Where Your Dog Was Attacked
If your dog was attacked in a public place, then you have all right to a legal claim on behalf of your dog. However, if your dog wandered onto another’s property and was attacked, it may be chalked up to the attacker’s right to defend his/her parent’s property.
Get Well Soon!
Hopefully, your dog can have a speedy recovery! Till then, it’s a good idea to seek legal counsel to determine the direction in which to proceed. This can also help to speed up the compensation process and get your dog back to his/her old self.