Clermont, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: I was told from the County Animal Control that because a dog attacked and bit me and my dog at a park nobody is liable?

I was walking into the dog park, but there's 2 gates and the first gate goes into a boxed area that you unleash your dog. I was told by the dog owner that he wanted to pick up his small dog before we proceeded into the dog park. I let him pick up the dog and when I opened the second gate (still had my dog on a leash) his other dog (pitbull) charged at us and when I went to close the gate fast the dog pushed it open and started biting my dogs neck. I then had no idea what to do because I was in this little box with this dog attacking my dog. I let the dog continue not getting in the way the best I could and once the owner came to get his dog off of mine his dog latched on to my arm and bit me. I suffered bleeding and bruising, and my dog needed stitches. Do I have a case even if it was in a dog park and I didn't enter the park yet when the dog started to attack?

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Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes, you have a case against the dog owner for strict liability and negligence. Discuss your case with counsel here in Florida about contingency fee representation, which means you don’t pay anything unless you win. Hopefully, you can find out the identity of this dog owner. If not, a private investigator would most likely be able to determine his identity. Feel free to reach out to one of us lawyers for representation.

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