There is plenty of information online pertaining to personal injury lawsuits and owner liability when it comes to dog attacks on humans. However, it is important to remember that dogs are also beloved pets, and attacks by dogs on other dogs can have devastating effects as well. Dog attacks on other dogs are common, and when there is an owner involved who ignores leash laws, then you have a case of owner liability.
The Basics Of Leash Laws And Dog Attacks
Every state has leash laws, and some counties or cities have leash laws of their own. It is important to remember that owner liability does not begin and end with leash laws. It is still important for owners to understand their responsibilities. Leash laws dictate that dogs must always be on a leash when they are out in public. If a dog owner releases their dog from its leash and that dog attacks another dog, then the owner will be liable for the cost to treat the dog that was attacked.
Leashes are not just for times when a dog is out in public. A leash is often required in situations where a dog is in its own backyard. If a loose dog jumps a property fence and picks a fight with a dog in its own yard, then obviously the loose dog’s owner would be liable. But if a dog is not properly restrained in its own yard and it attacks another dog, then that dog owner will be liable for any injuries or damages the dog causes.
The Importance Of Leashes
A good example of the importance of leash laws can be found in an event that occurred in April 2017 in England. The owner of two bull terriers did not secure his pets in their yard and they escaped. The dogs, in a purely random act, attacked a boxer and its owner as the two were walking down a public path. The two dogs inflicted serious injuries on the boxer and its owner before they finally backed off.
The end result of the incident was thousands of dollars in vet bills associated with the attacked boxer, and criminal charges brought against the owner of the two bull terriers. While this incident occurred in a foreign country, it is a classic example of why leash laws are put into effect here in the United States.
In the end, the owner of the bull terriers avoided going to prison because the court ruled that his terminal disease made prison an improper option. But the lesson to be learned is that dogs that are allowed to wander without a leash can be unpredictable. A proactive dog owner does not assume that their dogs will be well-behaved if left on their own and takes the necessary legal steps to utilize a leash.
A Dog’s Actions Reflect On The Owner
As a dog owner, you are responsible for the actions of your dog at all times. If your dog is allowed to run free, then you are liable for any injuries that your dog inflicts. It is important for owners to respect leash laws, and understand why those laws are in place.
Pets are the responsibilities of their owners, and most pets are beloved members of their families. If you own a dog that you allow to run free, then you should be prepared to face the consequences of your negligence. At the same time, try to think about how you would feel if, for no fault of your dog’s, an unleashed dog attacked and injured your pet. If you would not want it to happen to your dog, then take the proper precautions to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else’s dog either.