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  • Claim for veterinary cost after dog attack

    Asking on behalf of friends of mine. Their dog was recently attacked by another dog and sustained some quite serious injuries. The subsequent veterinary costs have now run into thousands; the dog has luckily survived but, as you can imagine, they are looking to recover the cost of this event from the dogs owner.
    The Police have informed my friends that the individual does not have any insurance for the animal and so there is little chance of her being able to pay, at least not willingly. I should add that the animal in question has some form for this kind of thing and the owner has been warned on more than one occasion by the dog warden. The dog has now been destroyed and the Police are looking to prosecute the owner for ABH as I believe there were quite a number of people and dogs injured in the attack with one lady being bitten on the face.
    So, the question is: what is the best route to handle this ? Im guessing that they should send a pre-action letter requesting payment within a time period otherwise they would have to begin legal proceedings ? Would there be any value in spending money on a solicitor or should this be a straight forward enough Money Claim Online process ?
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    Hi Georgey48,

    How awful, I hope your hound is on the road to recovery?

    You're correct a letter before action would be the first step. This will be a civil matter. You can do this yourself although there are also some specialist lawyers out there who are used to dealing with these sorts of issues. It may be worth getting some free or reduced fee initial advice?

    Before going down any route however you need to know whether the person has any way of paying, even if you're successful. If possible can you check what asset the person has, or do you know? You could do a search at the HM Land Registry to see if they own their property here:- https://www.gov.uk/search-property-i...-land-registry

    My concern would be, does the person have any funds to pay any claim, if you were successful? Any information about whether they work, own their own home etc would be helpful in assessing whether pursuing them is worth your effort. There may be little point in setting the wheels in motion and increasing your own stress levels, if the person has no means of settling any successful claim made against them.

    Do pop back if we can help any further.

    I am a qualified solicitor and am happy to try and assist informally, where needed.

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      Thank you Peridot, I will pass this on.
      I think this is their concern; whether they will be able to recover any money if she doesn't have anything or if it's only going to increase their expense which is already approaching £3000 !
      p.s. the dog has made a very good recovery considering he's 14, bless his cotton sox.

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