Niagara Falls, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York

Q: If your dog bit another dog in nys first incident ever and we agreed to initial vet bills are we liable to pay if the

Dog ripped his own stitches open causing more vet bills?… 4 days after initial vet visit the owner showed up stating the wound was superficial no damage everyone was fine then called an hour after leaving my house stating he was taking the dog back to the vet. Now second vet bill was near 1000$. I called the vet they stated that the dog had ripped his stitches open and that is why more work was necessary. We are in nys hoping for insight dog lover.

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Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You did the right thing offering to pay for the damages caused by your dog. As for the new charge, that is a judgment call. An argument can be made that this is related to the injuries caused by your dog. However, if the owner did not take proper precautions to prevent reinjury, you should not be responsible for their neglect.

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