Who is Responsible for Your Damages if You Are Bitten by a Dog While it is Under the Care of a Dog Sitter? The Answer Might Surprise You

Liability for a dog bite injury (which occurred while in the care of a pet sitter) isn’t as simple as it appears. The majority of the time, according to California dog bite injury regulations, the owner is accountable for dog assaults. When a dog bites someone else while being cared for by a pet sitter, however, there is a bit of a murky area.

Let’s say a dog bit you while you were being walked or supervised by a pet sitter. In such instance, you may be able to sue the dog owner, the petsitter, or their firm for bodily harm (including Rover, Petsitter, Wag, Fetch, etc.). You do, however, have a limited amount of time. For a free consultation with a dog bite injury lawyer, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 immediately.

What happens if your sitter is bitten by your dog?

If you know your dog is dangerous or prone to attack and nevertheless leave them with a sitter, you (the pet owner) will most likely be held accountable if they bite the sitter. There are a few exceptions to this rule, though. If the pet sitter is aware of the dog’s nasty tendencies but still takes the job, they may have some culpability for the dog bite.

Furthermore, if the pet sitter engages in behavior that makes a dog bite more likely (e.g., teasing, abuse, malnourishment, etc. ), they may have some responsibility for the incident.

If a dog bites someone else, who is responsible?

Each incidence of a dog bite injury is unique. In general, however, dog bite injuries that occur while pet sitting are the responsibility of the pet owner. If the pet sitter fails to handle hazardous canines in a reasonable manner, the pet sitter may be held partially or fully responsible.

For example, imagine a pet sitter takes a dangerous dog to a public location and fails to secure the dog’s harness, causing the dog to attack someone. In that instance, the pet caretaker is likely to be held responsible. Popular pet-sitting firms such as Wag, Rover, Petsitter, and Fetch, on the other hand, have their own set of restrictions.

Is Rover liable for damages resulting from a dog bite?

In general, a pet-sitting service such as Rover provides certain safeguards for pets, their owners, and the sitters. There are a few things, however, that their insurance does not cover, including, but not limited to:

  • Accidents involving sitters’ dog walkers or groomers
  • Injuries to dog walkers’ family members or housemates
  • Dog bites or mischievous behavior that cause property damage

It’s vital to remember that there are certain exceptions. If you have any doubts regarding who is responsible for a dog bite injury, you should speak with a dog bite victim attorney as soon as possible.

Today is the best time to contact a dog bite attorney

Have you been bitten by a dog while it was being cared for by a pet sitter? Then now is the time to talk to a personal injury attorney who can help you determine the best way forward. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation today.