My neighbor has pit bulls. Last month 2 of them got into yard and attacked 4 month old puppy. 2 surgeries with possible need for future care. Her pit bulls have gotten into yard multiple previous occasions. On one occasion dog bit man hired to do yard work. She has multiple complaints on file with animal control due to her animals attacking people and pets. The pit bulls responsible for the attacks are taken away by family members. I want to sue for vet bills past and future.
If damages are less than $10,000, you can sue in justice court (like People’s Court). If you seek more than $10,000, you must sue in county court or district court. In these higher courts, you would be well served by hiring an attorney.
Texas lwe only allows you recover damages for veterinary bills in the past, and perhaps also in the future. In addition to seeking damages, he might be able to obtain injunctive relief – that is where the judge orders the defendant to do something or stop doing something – like possessing pit bulls. You may also get some relief by seeking to invoke the Texas dangerous dog statute. If the dog is determined to be “dangerous“ by a jcouple she, then the owner must either remove the dog or otherwise maintain insurance, fencing, and signage. The statute is specific to a particular dog, so in the instance of a property owner with many bad dogs, the injunction route maybe more effective.
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