Should i pay for vet bills if my dog attacks another dog?

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Should i pay for vet bills if my dog attacks another dog?

My dog got out of the fence around 5pm
in NC and got into a fight with another
dog. The dog’s owner shot my dog and i
left to take my dog to the vet to be
treated for the gun shot. Now its been
four months and they sent a certified
letter demanding payment for the vet
bill around 800 that they incurred. The
incident occurred on there property. My
question is should i tell them i will be
willing to pay the fair market value of
the dog and nothing more or let the
matter go to court?

Asked on January 25, 2019 under Business Law, North Carolina

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

As a dog owner, you are liable for negligence for your dog getting out of your fence and injuring another dog. Therefore, you are liable for the entire $800 vet bill.
Although your neighbor used excessive force in shooting your dog, it is unlikely that you would prevail on that claim.


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