Spokane, WA asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Idaho

Q: Can I be sued for trespassing and shelter fees?

I was having a conversation with the dog's owner when the dog came up, wanting to be petted. Owning a dog, I naturally began to pet the dog while carrying on the conversation. The dog suddenly became aggressive and bit me. This is not the first time this dog has attacked someone. I am now having people say I was trespassing and responsible to pay the shelter fees.

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: If you are speaking to the owner you are not trespassing unless there's something I'm missing. If you knew the dog was dangerous you may be considered careless for putting your hand down, unless you felt that with the owner there the dog wouldn't do anything.

If the owner didn't warn you the owner has liabiltiy for the bite--suggest you contact a member of the Idaho Assn for Justice in the county where it happened.They give free consults.

Kevin M Rogers agrees with this answer

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