Who is at fault when one dog bites another dog?
A very common scenario to occur when someone is walking their dog is that their dog attacks or bites another dog or is attacked or bitten by another dog while the owner tries to break the two dogs apart. Invariably, the question that arises is whether the owner of the attacking dog will be liable for the injuries sustained to the other dog. Under California law, the owner of a dog that attacks another dog will be responsible for all damages stemming from that attack if there are no applicable defenses successfully argued by the at-fault-dog's owner. If the damages encompass medical bills related to treat the injured dog (e.g., X-rays, medications, stitching, casts, etc.), the owner of the at-fault dog will be responsible for those bills. Typically, the owner of the attacking dog will have the claim paid by his/her homeowner's insurance policy which is in place to cover damages stemming from such a situation. Homeowner's coverage often times provides coverage even if the dog attacked another dog at some place other than the at-fault-dog owner's residence.