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Q: What if im letting my dog out and one charges my dog?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: If another dog charges at your dog while you are letting yours out, the situation can quickly become complicated, both practically and legally. Firstly, your immediate concern should be the safety of both dogs and any people nearby. If possible, try to separate the dogs without putting yourself at risk of injury.

Legally, dog owners are generally responsible for their pets' actions. If the other dog causes harm to your dog, the other dog's owner may be liable for any injuries sustained. This can include veterinary expenses and, in some cases, other damages.

Documenting the incident is important. Take note of the time, location, and any witnesses. If your dog is injured, a veterinary report will be crucial. Additionally, if the other dog is known to be aggressive, or if this isn't the first incident, there may be additional legal implications.

In such a situation, it's advisable to communicate with the other dog's owner to resolve the matter. If the issue can't be resolved amicably or if your dog has suffered significant harm, you may want to consider seeking legal advice. A lawyer can guide you on how to proceed, including potential claims for damages.

Remember, handling the situation calmly and promptly, while ensuring the safety of all involved, is paramount. Seeking legal advice can provide clarity and support if the situation escalates or becomes complex.

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