Talk

Advanced search

Anyone got any idea how to claim damages from a dog owner?

(8 Posts)
MaureenMLove Tue 07-Feb-17 23:39:30

I'm not a dog owner, but my friend is. In a nutshell, puppy was being walked (on a lead) in a local place usual for dog walkers. Puppy was attacked by a staff type dog (their words, not mine). Staff dog was not on a lead and not with the owner, but a teenager. Puppy sustained serious injuries and is very poorly, but hopeful will recover, although not out of the woods yet. Puppy owner was also injured, not badly, but needed tetanus and bite wound dressed at A&E.

Puppy has been transferred to a pet hospital about 30 miles from here and has been in an oxygen tent since Saturday, because she is so little, the staff basically squashed one of her lungs. sad

Owner of staff has been in contact, her insurance doesn't cover injury to puppy. Cost of bill is well over the amount puppy insurance covered. In excess of 3,000 so far.

So, the question, does anybody know who my friends can turn to, to claim back any monies over and above what their own insurance will cover?

It seems so unfair that this staff owner will basically get away with her dog nearly killing a puppy who was being walked responsibly, when her dog wasn't on a lead and neither was she even with it!

Police have been and gone and no further action being taken by them.

TrionicLettuce Wed 08-Feb-17 01:54:44

I'd suggest your friend contacts DogLaw for advice. They're a firm of solicitors who specialise in dog related law, including claiming damages for a dog on dog attack.

PancakesAndMapleSyrup Wed 08-Feb-17 02:07:20

What reason have the police given for not taking it further? I would push this go and speak to them again but i will say the dog legislation is not well understood. Does yoyr force have a dog section? Phone them up. Dogs (not cats) are classed as property so already you have criminal damage in respects to damage to your friends dog. Im not a lawyer but something is amiss here.

Whitney168 Wed 08-Feb-17 07:53:55

Does she actually have insurance? Any third party insurance I've ever had on dog policies has been for £1m or so, so I can't see that it wouldn't cover it.

I would press back for the owner to look at their household insurance as well as their dog insurance.

If not, then second Trionic's suggestion for DogLaw.

MaureenMLove Wed 08-Feb-17 18:03:33

Thank you. I've passed on this info. We're in London Met region, so I would imagine the Police have a dog section. I'll tell them that too.

Such a dear little thing this puppy. It's only about her 3rd or 4th walk and this happens. My friends son was with them too and he's only 7. Must have been horrid for him to see.

No news on the puppy yet today, but no news is good news I suppose

squeak10 Thu 09-Feb-17 20:06:13

How's the puppy doing?

MaureenMLove Thu 09-Feb-17 23:02:03

She gonna be OK. She was discharged today, both lungs working well and vet decided that the bitten ear and puncture wounds on her breast would heal well without the need of surgery. The ear isn't quite so perfect anymore, but a small price to pay I think. Dear picture of her today of her with their little boy. Both looking straight into the camera and puppy almost smiling!

Thank you for askingsmile

PancakesAndMapleSyrup Sat 11-Feb-17 10:16:46

Phone the mets dog section (keston) 020 8649 1661 they should be able to answer any queries.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now