I am curious if anyone has experience with North Carolina’s dog bite/attack laws. I’m not going to use real names in case it might affect any judgements in this case.
My aunt and uncle (Cindy and Steve) are staying with my cousin (Dave, their nephew) in North Carolina with their three dogs. This morning, the three dogs were outside in my cousin’s fenced in back yard when a pit bull owned by a neighbor two doors down jumped over the fence and attacked and killed my aunt’s miniature pincher (Princess). I am wondering for what sort of liability, if any, could the owner of the pit bull be held. My other uncle (Jim, the father of Dave, but not the owner of the killed dog) says that on a previous visit to Dave’s house the same pit bull jumped the fence and looked like it was going to attack his dog, but he chased it away before anything happened.
According to dogbitelaw.com the pit bull would be categorized as a “potentially dangerous dog” for killing a domestic animal while not on it’s owner’s property. The law also says that an owner shall be held liable for damages inflicted by a “dangerous dog”. Apparently, the pit bull isn’t considered a “dangerous dog” unless it either kills or inflicts severe injury on a person or is determined to be dangerous by animal control for having committed “potentially dangerous” actions multiple times.
I would just like the opinions of anyone that has knowledge in this area about whether or not my aunt and uncle have a case against the owner of the pit bull. I understand that you are not my (their) lawyer and that I shouldn’t rely on any advice, but I would like to just get a feel for if it’s something they should try to pursue or not. Thanks in advance!
Also, Princess was a good dog and we will miss her very much