Your Dog’s Day in Court

A recent poll found that three out of every five Americans own a pet. Seven out of ten of these pet owners owns at least one dog, and over half allow their pets to sleep in the bed with them. You don’t need statistics to tell you how much you love your dog – canines have been man’s best friend for centuries, and the bond we develop with our four-legged friends is one of the strongest we are capable of making. When you take all of this into consideration, one of the most terrifying scenarios a dog owner can face is if his or her pet bites someone.

Many people assume litigation involving a dog bite will always end in the destruction of the animal—a truly horrifying thought for those who love their dogs like children. However, if your canine is unfairly accused of attacking someone, our San Antonio attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm want to do our best to ensure it does not suffer an outrageous punishment.

Defending Your Dog

While dog attack cases can be tricky, the exact laws surrounding the event differ from state to state. Texas follows the “one bite rule,” meaning an owner must be aware of his dog’s potential for violence in order to be held liable. However, an owner can avoid liability and save his or her dog if any of the following are true:

  • The owner warned others that his or her animal could be dangers and took preventative measures to keep the animal away from others
  • The bite victim ignored the owner’s warnings, engaging in behavior that can be classified as “contributory negligence” or “assumption of the risk”
  • The bite victim engaged in behavior that could have provoked the animal, such as making threatening gestures towards the animal or the animal’s owner

At Chris Mayo Law Firm, we know that you love your dog and that you want to protect both yourself and him or her from suffering legal consequences, and we’re here to help you do just that.

Contact a San Antonio Dog Bite Lawyer

If you or a loved one has a dog who has been unfairly accused of vicious behavior, contact our San Antonio offices at (210) 999-9999 to get legal assistance today.

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