I was looking for someone to watch my dog for a couple hours while i was at work. my co workers wife offered to watch my dog.

Asked 7 months ago - Toledo, OH

Co workers wife has a cat. I denied her to watch him saying I can’t promise he won’t eat your cat. Co workers wife said she has dealt with big dogs before and will make sure that won’t happen, and has an office where she can lock the cat up in until I pick my dog up. She says she went to go check on her cat after an hour passed since she put the cat in the office and when she went to check on her cat my dog barged in and attacked and killed her cat. Who is at fault?

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  1. Kevin William Attkisson

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    Answered . In Ohio, the owner, keeper or harborer of a dog is strictly liable for damages and injuries caused by the dog. You are the owner, but she may be considered a keeper since she was taking care of the dog. However, you should turn it over to your home owners insurance to handle the claim. Also, you should consider your relationship with the coworker. Finally it sounds like you have a dangerous dog. You should take necessary measures to protect other people from it. Good luck.

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  2. Dennis Wayne Tackett

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    Answered . Since the wife had care, custody, and apparent control of your dog, I believe Ohio law would not hold you responsible. Her own negligence caused the problem. Poor cat. I think you should muzzle leash your dog anytime it is around strangers, children, and other animals. I am a dog lover myself.

  3. David Ian Schoen

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    Answered . It may not matter depending on the laws of your state. However, if the cat did not incur any vet bill, then there is nothing to claim.

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