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Q. I cant find a simple answer for who is responsible for A dog that attacks another dog, A friends dog escaped from my yard and into the neighbors yard and attacked their dog. yet the neighbors are threating me with small claims court, because the owner of the dog won't pay. Not sure how im really involved other then the dog being in my yard before the attack. Can you help me out? I just want the neighnors to stop contacting me if im not apart of this.


Dear Juneau Resident,

I have no simple answer for this one. Certainly nothing under criminal law. You probably need to talk to a lawyer about this since the people with the injured dog may be out money for medical care and have a legitimate gripe...with someone. There is probably information available to an attorney concerning what liability you took on, if any, by having the dog in your yard.



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