When another dog bites another dog, it’s traumatic for you and your pet. Like most dog owners, you make every effort to protect your dog from harm. However, animals can behave in unpredictable ways. That’s why most emergency veterinarian visits are due to bite wounds from other dogs. Here are some ways to keep your dog safe and what steps to take if your dog is attacked.Do You Have a Case?
Most dog owners regard their pets as cherished members of the family. That’s why it is so upsetting when your dog is hurt by another dog. When a dog bites a person, the owner is usually responsible based on Michigan’s strict liability dog bite law.
However, this law only applies when the victim is a human being. The legal issues differ when one dog is injured by another dog.
For one thing, despite how we feel about our four-legged friends, dogs are considered property under Michigan law. Therefore, the injured dog’s owner may be able to file a property damage claim to recover veterinary bills and other related costs. If the dog died as a result of the attack, its owner may be entitled to the value of the dog along with any death-related expenses. These costs may be covered by the dog owner’s homeowners or renters insurance policy. Or, in some cases, the owner of the injured/deceased dog may sue the owner of the dog that perpetrated the attack.
To receive compensation for expenses relating to a dog attack, the owner of the injured dog has to prove the attack happened because its owner was negligent. The law presumes that dog owners have a legal “duty of care” to keep their dogs from harming other animals. To establish negligence, you would have to show that the owner breached that duty and that the breach caused your dog to suffer harm.
For example, Michigan law (MCL 287.262) requires that dogs must be kept on a leash whenever they are in public.
Therefore, removing a dog’s leash while walking through the neighborhood might be an indicator of negligence if the dog attacks and injures another dog.
Here are the steps you should take (or avoid) if your dog is attacked by another dog:
When your dog is under attack, your natural instinct will be to jump in and protect it. However, putting yourself in the middle of two (or more) dogs can be very dangerous. The attacking dog is likely to turn on you, which could result in serious injury to you as well as your dog. If possible, try to distract the other dog from a distance.
This should be your first priority if your dog is severely injured. Seek emergency treatment if the dog is bleeding heavily, limping, crying or whining or appears to have difficulty breathing.
If your dog did not require emergency treatment immediately after the attack, the following is helpful advice to care for your pet and those handling them.
After a dog has been involved in a fight, it can be hard to determine the extent of its injuries. The dog’s fur may conceal certain injuries, especially smaller puncture wounds. Any bite can become infected or lead to a more serious condition without proper treatment. In addition, the dog may have internal injuries, which could be life-threatening.
Soothe your dog cautiously. Even gentle dogs may bite when they are frightened or in pain. If you have small children at home, keep the dog away from them for a day or two.
Skittishness for a few days after an attack is normal. However, if your dog shows continued signs of fear or aggression, consult your veterinarian.
While some dogs attack without warning, there are steps you can take to keep your dog safe.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, contact us immediately. We know what it takes to win your dog bite case, and we are ready to fight for the benefits you deserve.
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