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Since you only have liability, they wouldn't really be able to help you and unless these people have dog insurance, which they probably don't, you can't really do much but sue them unless they agree to settle with you.
Thus, you should probably go to them first and ask them to settle for a certain amount or tell them you will sue. Since you're saying they're not the greatest of people, they will probably not settle. If the dog went off their property onto the open road, it is their responsibility to keep the dog off the road, which could create a road hazard like it did here.
Of course, if you're filing a small claims case, you are risking not winning the case and still having to pay the fees to file.
i calld the police from my cell phone right when it happened and they came.. I dont know if they got a citation or not for the dog. They didnt tell me.