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    soccermom26 is offline Junior Member
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    Question Neighbor's dog attacked my cat--can I sue for the vet bill?

    What is the name of your state? CA

    My cat was attacked outside my house by my neighbor's dog. The dog chased the cat across the street and mauled her. My neighbor notified us herself that her dog attacked my cat. Our cat needed surgery to survive and cost us 3.2K. I do not know what prompted the dog to attack the cat and I know the dog was not on a leash. Do I have a case to sue for the vet bill? I have not spoken to the neighbor since this happened in November.
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    you can always sue. I would ask them to pay it first and see how they react before just sueing them.
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    Additionally, this incident should be reported to the local animal control agency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soccermom26 View Post
    What is the name of your state? CA

    My cat was attacked outside my house by my neighbor's dog. The dog chased the cat across the street and mauled her. My neighbor notified us herself that her dog attacked my cat. Our cat needed surgery to survive and cost us 3.2K. I do not know what prompted the dog to attack the cat and I know the dog was not on a leash. Do I have a case to sue for the vet bill? I have not spoken to the neighbor since this happened in November.
    Was the cat on a leash??

    Have you checked your city/state/municipal codes to see if you have the same responsibility to keep YOUR animal contained as does a dog owner??
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    Quote Originally Posted by fairisfair View Post
    Was the cat on a leash??

    Have you checked your city/state/municipal codes to see if you have the same responsibility to keep YOUR animal contained as does a dog owner??
    That is a good point. In MY municipality, cats are NOT required to be on a leash.

    A couple of years ago, my cat was killed by a dog on my front porch. The dog (a stray pit-bull) was impounded and, after a time, destroyed. Our local animal control agency said that, if the owner was found, they would be cited for an animal at large, which had a MANDATORY court appearance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soccermom26 View Post
    What is the name of your state? CA

    My cat was attacked outside my house by my neighbor's dog. The dog chased the cat across the street and mauled her. My neighbor notified us herself that her dog attacked my cat. Our cat needed surgery to survive and cost us 3.2K. I do not know what prompted the dog to attack the cat and I know the dog was not on a leash. Do I have a case to sue for the vet bill? I have not spoken to the neighbor since this happened in November.
    **A: yes you have a case. Next time get a lion for a cat and you should not have this same problem in the future.

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