- Pets and Animals
What to do if your dog is injured or killed
Did you know that it is possible for you to receive reimbursement for the veterinary bills, compensations for the mental stress if your pet dog was injured due to the negligence of other people? Nothing can ever take away the anguish a pet owner would suffer from if the pet is killed. It would even be harder if the pet that passed away was abused or intentionally killed.
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When are compensations obtained?
Compensation can be obtained by a dog owner if the injury or the death of the pet was verified to be caused by the negligence of another person. Punitive damages can be awarded to the dog owner if the dog was maliciously or intentionally injured or killed. Not all people love dogs. People who have had traumatic encounters with theses animals can be especially cruel. Malicious and harmful acts can severely injure and even kill the dog. Dog owners would usually leave the pet to another person to be walked or to be groomed. The owner can sue for damages if the dog was injured while in the care of that person. Veterinary malpractice is another ground for pressing charges to seek compensation for the injuries sustained or for the death of the pet.
If the dog was maliciously abused or intentionally killed you can file criminal charges to put the responsible person in jail. For the purpose of seeking monetary compensation a civil lawsuit may be filed. This necessitates the representation of an attorney. As legal fees can be an additional burden, owners of injured or killed dogs can file a lawsuit in the small claims court where a lawyer’s representation would not be necessary.
Different states have different laws concerning this concern but basically the owner of the killed pet would be entitled to receive the market value of the dog or an equivalent amount to purchase a replacement dog. The emotional anguish suffered by the dog owner for the loss of the pet can never be paid. Courts though award compensation for the emotional distress suffered by the pet owner. Additionally, the dog owner would be reimbursed for all the veterinary bills incurred by the pet.
What must be done if the dog is injured or killed?
A dog injured buy another dog must be taken to a vet ASAP but it would be necessary to get the identity of the owner of the other dog. This will be necessary if you decide to press charges. Notify the authorities to conduct investigations if the dog was intentionally abused or killed.
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