IDENTIFYING OWNER(S) OF DOG -
Calling the police department, animal control, health department, or some other local agency that handles dog bites is one way of obtaining a written report that should identify the owner(s) of the dogs involved.
Assuming a vicious dog hearing will be held, you may receive written notice identifying the owner(s) of the dog. If you attend the hearing you may also learn of their names.
Or, if you know who the landlord is you might be able to obtain dog owner(s) names that way as well.
IDENTIFYING OWNER(S) OF HOME -
The County Clerk's Office or Assessor's Office should maintain a record of who the owner(s) of the property is/are. Making a trip down to the office, or maybe even a phone call could help with that determination.
If you want to hire a private investigator, they should also be able to find this information.
LIABILITY AGAINST HOME OWNER/LANDLORD -
Landlord liability is possible in a situation like this, but is likely more difficult than a claim against the owner(s) of the dog. Landlord liability is typically based on a Premises Liability cause of action. Take a look at California Civil Jury Instructions, Series 1000 regarding premises liability.
- landlord's duty is described in Number 1006.
- links below will take you to the jury instructions table of contents for Series 1000.
There's a lot of information here, some easier to digest than others. So, you are strongly advised to seek local counsel for advice and guidance.
Best of luck!
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The landlord is likely not liable because it did not happen at his house, it happened on your property. See if your homeowner's insurance will help with this since it happened at your property. You can also sue the dog owners--if they're going to pass it off on each other, you can sue them both and have then sort it out--you can take them to small claims court.
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SUE THEM BOTH. BEST OF LUCK.
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