Can I sue my neighbor for shooting 2 of my dogs??

My neighbor let her dog out unattended. The dog came in to my yard where I have 3 pit bulls, all contained by an electric fence, and of course, my pit bulls attacked her dog. The neighbor lady then proceeded to come over and shot 2 of my 3 dogs. Her dog, and my 2 dogs were rushed to MSU. One of my dogs had to have her leg amputated and the other is in a full back leg cast. The neighbor admitted full guilt, and has paid for most of the medical bills, but now I am running into all kinds of problems that are costing a lot of money... More vet bills, home accommodations/modifications so my dogs can get around easily, and they need 24 hour supervision and help so I can't work regular hours. Can I sue her??

Springport, MI -

Attorney Answers (3)

Alan James Brinkmeier

Alan James Brinkmeier

Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney - Chicago, IL
Answered

Yes

Keith G Langer

Keith G Langer

Animal Law Attorney - Wrentham, MA
Answered

On the facts as stated, she shot YOUR dogs on YOUR property. Most, if not all, states have statutes permitting the killing of dogs off their property at attacking people and domestic animals. Therefore, even if MI has such a statute, it would not cover this incident.

Document ALL expenses thoroughly. When treatment is complete, compile all receipts, make copies of them and sent the COPIES with a demand letter by certified mail/return receipt requested.

Assuming payment is not made, you can bring an action in small claims court.

The MI and your county bar associations can provide referrals, if needed.

The foregoing is for general information purposes and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott

Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott

Animal Law Attorney - Normandy Park, WA
Answered

It sounds as though she may have been criminally charged, is that correct? Even if she were criminally charged and ordered to pay restitution, you can sue her in small claims court for the veterinary bills.

This is not to be construed as legal advice. I do not have an attorney client relationship with you.

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