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Generally a utility company and its employees have a right to come onto your real property in order to work on/replace/maintain its property. So, the fact that the employee came onto your property unannounced is likely perfectly legal as long as he was there on official business. Thus, there's probably no claim for anything except for the harm he caused your puppy......which was likely excessive and unnecessary. This is especially true if you were never alerted to his presence, the utility worker never asked you to put the dog up, etc.
But, in terms of a claim, if you went to court over the matter, it's likely that the judge would order the utility company to pay any expenses you've incurred -- the biggest one being the vet bill.
Thus, if the utility is offering money to pay the vet bill, then its likely a fair offer UNLESS you have other damages that you can identify and attribute to the utility company.
As for the meter being changed out, it's likely the company's right to change it if you wish to continue receiving service from them. So, there's not likely much you could do in that regard.