Legal claims involving dog bites are not limited to attacks on humans.
There can also be cases where a dog attacks and injures another dog. For
most dog owners, pets are family and dog owners have a strong bond with
their pets. Although most laws regarding dog bite liability are applied
to human victims, you may still be able to recover for an attack on another dog.
Knowing your rights as a dog owner
Each state and local government establishes its own laws regarding the
confinement of dogs. In Alabama, dogs are not allowed to run at large.
This means they must be confined at all times, either by a leash when
off the owner's property or by some other means that keeps them confined
to their owner's property. A dog owner who does not comply with this
rule can be fined between $2 and $50 for the violation. The bad news is,
not all dog owners comply with these laws at all times. The result is
that an aggressive dog may be allowed to roam free where it can attack
you or your own dog.
Pet owner’s liability for negligence
Violating a leash law is always considered negligence. So, if your dog
is attacked by another dog who is not leashed at the time, that owner
may be held responsible for your dog's injuries. A dog owner could
also be held responsible if the owner knows the dog has a tendency to
attack other dogs, but brings that dog to a dog park anyway. It is a fact
that some dogs can have a known history of violence or aggression. Depending
on the specific laws in your state, the owner could also be liable for
harboring an aggressive or violent animal.
If you have questions regarding a personal injury matter,
contact us online or by calling the Law Office of Cody R. Wix, LLC at (205) 381-4787.