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in your state can you sue someone that

was supposedly watching the dog for someone else and it attacked or bite you or your dog? animal control told her she is responsible for the dog that she was watching and i have heard that when you take in animal for someone that your responsible for it although i can't find exact info on this in my state dog laws...argh so frustrating. i'm sure i'm right and that the lady is wrong besides the report says both the dogs bit and killed my dog. she has a least admitted that she own and tried to pick up both dogs from the pound and let her tell her side of ownership before she was told of dog attack.

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Asked by melody77 at 1:28 PM on Oct. 25, 2010 in Pets

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  • Yes, I believe so. I'm in CA. The dog was under her care, and she was negligent. Take the person to small claims court. If the judge dismisses it, then take the owner to court.

    Answer by musicpisces at 1:31 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • she won't provide owner info. maybe cause she is the owner.

    Comment by melody77 (original poster) at 1:39 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • Well, try taking her to court, and see what happens. Good luck!! =)

    Answer by musicpisces at 1:45 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • You CAN sue the owner and the person that was caring for the dog.
    Since the dog was in the car of someone other then the owner, she is responsible for what happens while said dog is in her care. Which means since the dog bit someone else in her care she is liable.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 1:46 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • u can sue them

    Answer by Kittty_Katt at 1:57 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • It would seem like you could sue either or both.
    One - the person who had the care of the dogs was negligent in her care.
    Two - the owner of the dogs was negligent in obtaining proper training and socialization for the dogs.
    It may be dependent on where the attack took place - were you on their property, or were the dogs off the property?

    In my state, the statute reads: "When any person owns or keeps a vicious or dangerous animal of any kind and, as a result of his careless management of the same or his allowing the same to go at liberty, and another person, without fault on his part, is injured thereby, such owner or keeper shall be liable in damages for such injury."
    This applies when you are not on the keeper/owners property.
    If you were lawfully on the property, the owner is responsible. If the dog chased you off the property, and bit you in the street, the owner is liable.

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 1:59 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • My sister-in-law is going throw that. She was attacked by a dog and she suing the people that was watching it

    Answer by HomeAlone45 at 4:02 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • Yep, you can definitely sue to person watching the dog. If they are not the owner, the owner trusted her to control and contain the animals while they were in her care.

    Answer by NEMommaOf3 at 1:29 PM on Oct. 27, 2010

  • im not sure

    Answer by san78 at 6:00 AM on Oct. 29, 2010

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