Fort Lauderdale, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: Am I allowed to sue for damages if my unregistered dog was attacked by my neighbor’s unregistered/ unvaccinated dog?

This happened during a walk that they had a plank that was loose on their fence and they moved it to the side, allowing a hole large enough for their dog to escape out of. An hour or so later they fixed the fence so is that negligible on their part since it was easily fixed with the plank there and they chose to ignore it.

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO

A: Yes, but generally your damages are limited to the value of your dog or veterinary bills. You could also call animal control and get this person charged with the crime and get restitution through the criminal


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