Find and consult with an experienced local personal injury attorney ASAP. In NY domestic animals are property and in your case your damages for the loss of your dog might be addressed as a property damage claim more than any other type. That said, you may be able to recover for both your own personal injuries (your hand) and pain and suffering (your emotional trauma and lost dog). Your best bet is to spend the next couple days consulting with experienced local personal injury attorneys and see if you can't schedule an appointment or two to meet with them.
This is not intended as legal advice but as educational information only. One should seek independent legal counsel.
Horrible story about the attack on your dog, which I know was a member of the family. It is difficult if not impossible to reach out over the computer so I recommend you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in your jurisdiction. Many states have strict liability in cases of injuries caused by dogs. I understand your state has a unique version but it applies to loose dogs. Here's more: BLUE LINK BELOW
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