Glendale, AZ asked in Animal / Dog Law for Arizona

Q: My dog killed a cat.

I was walking my dog on a leash through the neighborhood and he caught a cat the cat ran right by him and he caught him he was on the leash the whole time. what is my negligence. the owner came out and rightfully he was upset, I apologized profusely but two weeks have passed and he seems a little bit more upset now he says he just wants $40 for a new pair of jeans that ripped while we were trying to separate him but he did say he filed a police report. and then if I could give him the $40 for the pair of jeans can he come back later for more? I offered to buy him a new cat and he turned it down but I think he's just getting upset cuz then he said his other cat died from a coyote because that cat wasn't there to have his back I think it's time goes on he's getting more upset I only ran into him twice the day this happened and now he caught me on a walk I don't walk my dog through the neighborhoods no more of a cats but he caught me on the canal took a picture of my dog.

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Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: I do think $40 and a pair of jeans is worth it just to avoid the hassle of a lawsuit and avoid the risk of possibly paying more at a Court. I'd have him sign something that it satisfies what you owe him for the death of his cat.

I will say this, though, only one of you had your animal under your control. If he'd been properly caring for his cat, this never would have happened.

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