What are my rights if I got attacked by a dog at a friend’s house but the dog is not owned by the people who live in the house?

they were dog sitting. I want to sue the owners of the dog for the medical bills, who is responsible? The owners or the people watching the dog?

Asked on July 28, 2012 under Personal Injury, Texas


Leigh Anne Timiney / Timiney Law Firm

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Generally, the dog owner is responsible for any damages or injuries their dog causes.  In this instance, there could be some liability with the dog sitters, depending upon why the dog bit you or what provoked the bite.  If the dog owners can show that the dog sitters were providing an environment or put the dog in a situation which would have incited the dog or provoked him to bite, the dog owners could point to the dog sitters and expect them to assume liability or share it.  

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