Our former neighbor was watching our dog while we were on vacation. On the last day of vacation, our neighbor called and told us our dog had been attacked by his neighbor's two pitbulls. Due to her injuries, we had to have her euthanized that same day. It was determined by animal control that my dog was on the pitbull owners property when attacked. The pitbulls bit my neighbor in the process of the fight and were not vaccinated, so they are in quarantine for 10 days. We have a significant amount of vet bills/cremation costs that occurred. Is my former neighbor (the pet-sitter) responsible for the bills or the owner of the pitt-bulls, or are we responsible because she was our pet?
It depends on how your dog ended up on the other property. Based on what you said so far, it is unlikely that the owner of the pitbulls is liable, but more info is needed to confirm that.
Your pet sitter is liable if she was negligent and let your dog into the yard to be attacked.
You would be responsible if no negligence can be found on either party.
" It was determined by animal control that my dog was on the pitbull owners property when attacked."
Which suggests negligence on the pet-sitter's part, but more facts are needed.
The foregoing is for general information purposes and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
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