Cleveland, OH asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Tennessee

Q: My 20/25lb dog was recently attacked by a 83lb Border Collie, I had my dog leashed but the Collie was not leashed.

Border Collie was not up to date on vaccines. I was thrown backwards & being snatched around like a rag doll & I'm having severe spasms in my neck and Spine. What are my rights?

1 Lawyer Answer
Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: If you were attacked by the dog, the owner may be liable for your injuries. There are more facts that would need to be determined in this instance. Dogs generally are not seen as inherently dangerous animals. Thus, many jurisdictions follow the one free bite rule. Do you know who owned the border collie? You would need to be able to determine that in order to possibly sue the owner. You could consider reporting the attack to local law enforcement if you have not already done so. Many places require dogs to be leashed. You may want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Good luck!

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