My question involves personal property located in the State of: California
I'm asking on behalf of my parents. While they were on vacation, a neighbor's dog was not locked up properly. This has been an ongoing issue and he has received previous complaints from other neighbors. The dog got out, got into their backyard, and killed one of their two koi fish. They were informed of this through another neighbor who watches their house while they're away, who put them in touch with the dog owner. They briefly spoke, the dog owner acknowledged that it did in fact result from his dog, and he apologized. Since they were still on vacation when they initially spoke, they agreed to sort out the details once they returned. Obviously there's a sentimental issue involved since they had and raised this koi for 18 years, but there's also a property value situation. While the dog owner agreed that he would/should get them another fish, I'm not sure he realized the value. My parents have many pictures - old and recent - verifying the size and variety of this particular koi. My dad has been calling koi farms for quotes and a "replacement" koi of the same size/breed/color is about $1000-$1200. Is the neighbor liable for this? I'm nervous for my parents in case he pushes back once he realizes the actual value of this fish.