What legal action can I take if my dog was attacked through a fence by another dog and sustained multiple injuries?
Question Details: I was playing fetch with my 2 dogs in my yard that is next to my neighbor's yard. While my dog was retrieving his ball, 5 other dogs were released in their yard. Somehow they got a hold of my dog and tore into him. I ran and held onto my dog for dear life while attempting to get him released. Screaming on the top of my lungs for help. Eventually, they released their grip and I rushed my dog to the ER. I filed a police report. The police gave my info to the owner of the other dogs without my consent resulting in a phone call from him. After going over the facts with him, I requested that he pay for the vet bills. He stated absolutely not. I proceeded to say that our conversation had ended. He called me back and attempted to argue with me again. I restated that we no longer had any more to discuss. I need compensation for the vet bill at the very least.
You can sue the dog owner for negligence. Negligence is the failure to exercise due care (that degree of care that a reasonable dog owner would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances to prevent foreseeable harm).
If the dogs had a history of attacking, you can also include a separate cause of action (claim) in your lawsuit for strict liability. Strict liability imposes liability whether or not due care was exercised.
Your damages (monetary compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit) would be the vet bill.