Walnut Creek, CA asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California

Q: A woman pulled a knife on someone at my house, the dog staying at my house went after her and bit her.Can she sue me?

The dog is registered to the husband of the knife woman. The knife woman told police she didn't know the dog that bit her.but told everyone else it was the dog at my house. The husband is my baby's daddy.The woman who was going to be stabbed was the husband's girlfriend.The knife woman sent a text to the girlfriend saying the only reason she didn't stab her was she saw the police car up the street, but it was really because the dog deterred her.I was not there but the house I rented from my mom at the time and she threaten to sue. How ever, my mom has since past away and the house is part of her estate. Can she sue me?

1 Lawyer Answer
Robert James Reynolds
Robert James Reynolds
  • San Diego, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: These complex questions require a review of the facts before an applicable opinion can be rendered.

An owner of a dog is strictly liable for dog bites. An owner of property where the dog resides is liable under certain circumstances, largely related to his or her knowledge of such dogs dangerous propensities, if any.

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