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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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.
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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