While walking my dog, a large pit bull got out of its owner’s yard and attacked and killed my little dog. It also bit me on my knuckle. I have been unable to sleep since the attack and I find it hard to stay focused. Can I sue the owner? How do I find an attorney that handles this kind of case?
Dog owners are generally held strictly liable for damages caused by their pets to a person if it happens in a public place [CC § 3342(a)]. Owners have a duty to control their animal and therefore prevent it from harming anyone when in public and in certain instances as well as within their private properties. The person injured may have the right to claim damages.
As for injuries to pets, the owner of the dog who harmed the other may be held liable for the cost of treatment.
A victim who was bitten by another person’s dog could consult with a lawyer who is an expert in personal injury cases to know if one has a case or for advise on the appropriate steps to take.