You are at the park playing fetch with your family pet when a larger bulldog pounces on your lap-sized dog. The owner remarks how cute it is that the dogs are “playing” together, but then you hear your pet yelp in pain. The bulldog has bitten him and drawn blood.
Your dog is a member of your family. If your dog is injured, you deserve accountability. Wisconsin law is on your side. Wisconsin law makes dog owners liable for damage caused by their pets, including property damage and injuries to a person or animal. The law covers any damage caused by the dog, even if the dog doesn’t bite.
If your dog is injured by another dog, the dog owner must pay your pet’s medical bills and reimburse you for any property damage associated with the bite. You may recover double damages if the dog has previously caused property damage or attacked a person or animal.
Take these steps to protect your dog and your legal claim:
- Take your dog to a veterinarian or animal hospital. Immediate treatment could make the difference in whether your dog recovers from the injuries.
- Try to identify the owner of the dog that attacked your pet. If possible, get the owner’s name, address, phone number, and homeowner’s or renter’s insurance carrier. Find out if the dog is up-to-date on the required vaccines.
- Contact animal control. Let the officer know that your dog was attacked and needs medical care. The animal control officer may be able to help you get information about the dog’s owner.
- If your dog is injured, keep copies of all bills for treatment, medication, and hospitalization.
- Contact an attorney who handles dog bite cases involving dogs injured by other dogs. Schedule a free consultation to learn about your rights.