Recently, Neinstein’s Rose Leto was featured on City TV for a case about dog bites.
The story featured Leslie Miller whose Chihuahua was attacked by an off-leash dog in a public dog park. The attack on Miller’s pet resulted in her dog losing the sight in one eye and vet bills adding up to close to $3,000 for Miller. The question at hand: is she entitled to compensation for the attack on her animal?
We published an article explaining the rules on this topic exactly. Miller is in fact entitled to receive compensation from the other dog’s owner through small claims court. This is because legally, dog owners are always liable if their pet attacks a person or another animal. Ignorance of the dog’s tendencies would not exempt the owner from being held responsible. According to Miller, the dog that attacked her Chihuahua had a history of viciousness.
In the news segment, Rose confirms that dog owners are liable in the event that their dog attacks. “They are liable under the law. The victim doesn’t have to prove any negligence,” she explains.
If there is more than one dog owner, they are equally liable. If the owner of the attacked dog is found to be partially responsible, their damages would be reduced.