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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for New Mexico on

Q: Animal control hit my dog causing him with a serious injury. Then my dog passed away the next day. Could I sue them?

The speed limit where I live is 10mph there is no way they could’ve hit my dog that hard if they were going the speed limit.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2018

A number of issues the biggest of which is all they owe you is the market value of your dog, not the emotional value. I don't see it, but feel free to ask other attorneys

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Mexico on

Q: If a person puts their hand in the window of my car or over the top of my convertable and my dog, a Doberman bites them

Is it my responsability?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 4, 2016

Likely no, but report it to your homeowners insurance (& car insurance) just in case--let them deal with it.

If they stuck their hand in, likely you are not guilty of anything, Over the top is a bit different, possibly, depending on what they were doing. Hopefully you don't have a Doberman...
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Q: While in my yard, my dog jumped against the brick wall, his head got over, and bit someone. What's my liability?

The person in question was walking to a communal mail box and there is about 3-4 feet of space between the wall and mail box. He got too close to the wall and was bit. The dog has never bit anyone before and has been located in the same part of the yard for over 2 years--so the person being bit has... Read more »

David Alan Wolf answered on Apr 24, 2016

It appears that New Mexico does not have a dog bite statute in place for strict liability. The dog bite victim will need to show a prior dog bite OR negligence on the part of the dog owner. The victim could argue that you knew or should have known of the dog's aggressiveness and dangerous... Read more »

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