Brownsburg, IN asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Indiana

Q: My kitten was killed my my roommates dog that became loose and entered my room. Is the owner responsible for vet bill?

My lease agreement states that I can have 1 pet. The dog has shown aggression towards children and small animals, as well as bitten a child, which is not legally reported. The owner says that she is not responsible for anything because she told me that her dog has aggression issues. The landlord doesn't care either and neither of them are doing anything to try and prevent this from happening again. The vet bill was $500. I live in Indiana. The owner of the dog was not home at the time. Is the owner of the dog responsible at all?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Did the dog turn the handle on the door? Did the cat let him in? Did you and your roomate have an agreement about how the dog would be restricted when owner was away.

Sounds like you put all responsibllity on her. If you let the door be opened, unlocked, dogs will be dogs, cats will be cats, dogs will retaliate.....

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.