My dog was bitten by a neighbors dog whom ran out of the house due to the door being left open by the owner. Once the dog ran out of the house, it attacked my dog causing surgery due to multiple puncture wounds, crushed pelvis, and punctured abdominal wall. My dog was in ICU for 5 days. The attacking dog owner first advised via phone they would pay for the medical bill but after seeing that the bill was roughly $8000, they refused to pay. They later involved their lawyer and offered to pay only half of the medical bill.
You will want to get a lawyer involved.
The Animal Control Act allows for strict liability for most dog bite situations. There is also negligence available as well.
I'm sorry your dog was injured so badly. I sure hope he/she recovers! Have no further contact with the owners. Photograph your dog's injuries.
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Negligence is compensable. They might have homeowners policy that would cover as well.
Probably, the main missing fact is the location of your dog and whether your dog was restrained. If your dog was on your property or on a leash, the claim is pretty strong under the Animal Control Act. If your dog was running loose in the neighborhood, it weakens the claim. If your dog was in someone else's yard without permission, the claim is weaker yet.
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You and your property - dog - were damaged by the negligence of another and their dog. They are the at fault party and responsible for damages. If animal control was not contacte do so to document incident and report other dog. There will be state and or local ordinances governing this dog attack/ liability etc. for this dog attack . Coverages may be found under the property and homeowners insurance. Consider consulting dog bite attorney in jurisdiction - as other party has an attorney already.
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They are responsible for the entire bill. You can hire an attorney to sue them, but it may cost more in attorney's fees than the money you will recover for medical bills. Animals under the law are treated like personal property. If someone damages your property, they are responsible for the repairs--or in this case the vet bills. The only defenses would be if your dog provoked the other dog or if your dog was trespassing at the he was attacked.
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