Dogs bitten by other dogs is a common occurrence. When your dog is bitten by another dog, the legal action you can take against him/her depends on which state you are in.
California, like most states, implements strict liability laws. This means that the victim does not need to prove that the other dog owner has been negligent before, during or after the biting incident. The negligent owner is liable for any damages or veterinary bills accumulated in caring for your injured dog. If your injured dog has to be put down following the incident, the other dog’s owner is responsible for any expenses. He/she is also required by law to pay for the amount you paid to acquire your dog.
You can sue the dog owner for damages and file an insurance claim from his or her insurance provider. You may have a strong case if the other dog’s breed is on the list of dangerous dog breeds. Another point that might help your case is proving the dog owner’s negligence. Negligence includes violating state animal control laws such as walking the dog without a leash, unvaccinated, and letting the dog roam free in the streets. This case will fall under small claims, so it is best to work with a lawyer who has experience in similar cases.