I was at the dog park with my three large dogs, it is separated by a park for small dogs and a park for large dogs. My dogs were there an hour and had no problems and were playing with all the dogs. A lot of dogs were gathered around me playing and a five pound dog came up to one of my dogs and started growling. My dog picked it up in her mouth to play and I got him away the owner was screaming bloody murder. I moved her dog, still alive, to her and said grab him. She didn't and it came back at my dog. My dog grabbed it in her mouth trying to play. too rough, and apparently broke the small dogs neck. There were two small bite marks but animal control said its neck might be broken, not sure. I even have a witness that had a small dog there and said the small dog was growling and snarling at her dog. The animal control officer said they can just do a will cause against us and we would pay fifty dollars?
I cannot speak for NV law. However, sounds like you are not liable, as the little dog was in the large dog area, and the owner assumed the risk. If your dog(s) have a propensity to attack other dogs, then you could be liable.
As for the grabbing the dog, this doesn't sound like play. If your dog was shaking the other dog, it could be implied that your dog was trying to kill the other dog. Best you contact a dog expert to evaluate your dog's behavior. Also, you need to contact a reputable, local Animal Lawyer, to discuss the issues.
As for the $50 fine, there should be a basis for assessing such. If you or your dog nothing wrong, then there shouldn't be a fine, if that is what you are stating.
Michael Rotsten, Esq.
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"My dog picked it up in her mouth to play ..."
That is hard to believe. That is not how canines play.
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