In Dec,07 I had and incident in front of my house where my grandfather, who has early dimentia, took the wrong dog outside and my dog attacked another persons dog walking in front of our house. I was not there when it happened, but the dog he attacked is walked on our property everyday, so im assuming my dog was being teritorial. The problem is that, the dog was taken to the vet and accrued $4,100 worth of bills. The owners sent me a letter demanding I pay the full amount in 15 days. With the letter they gave us $400 dollars in reciepts, including one reciept with a past due balance of $200 in March,07. This is in the state of Ohio.
My questions are:
-In ohio is the owner or handle of the dog liable for the damages?
-Is it possible that becuase the other dogs owner did not pick up his dog, or turn away when he saw my dog acting aggressively towards his dog, that he is also liable becuase of comparative negligence?
-Is there any limit on what a reasonable person would do to help their dog?I say this becuase $4,100 is a lot of money, I have medical insurance becuase I cant even pay that much for myself if I was sick or hurt let alone a dog.
-Am I entitled to vet information on the dog before I even consider making them an offer? Consider 1)The mysterious previous balance in March. and 2)The other dog is 2-3 times the weight it should be, basically morbidly obese.
Im really in a bind, reading the state laws are like another language to me, and I cant afford a lawyer to help me with this. Any advise would be helpful.