Gather up the Vet bills and either sue in small claims, or talk to your friendly local animal law lawyer. Good luck and hope your dog recovers well.
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Document everything; witnesses' names and addresses, copy of the report(s) to the police and/or animal control and, of course, all vet bills and related expenses.
Once your costs are determined, send a COPY of the bills in a demand letter to the irresponsible owner, who will almost certainly ignore it. You may then sue the owner, probably in small claims court.
If you wish counsel, the LA and CA bar associations can provide referrals.
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I would collect all veterinary bills and exam records related to the incident. Also, get statements from witnesses. Then, I would get the records from animal control that relate to the incident. You can use the records in a small claims action or hire an attorney to draft a demand letter to the owner of the dog.
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