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Under the law, dog owners are "strictly liable" for bites by their dog. That means, liability does not have to be proven, only damages. This is true if the bite happens in public or on the dog owner's property if the person that was bit is legally on the owner's property. A person is legally on another's property if he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner. Assuming you called the repair person to come to the property, the repair person would be legally on the property by your invitation. The case of whether or not he should have called to have the dogs locked away is a tricky one. There is no way someone can tell you what will happen as ultimately a judge will have to make that decision. But that is the only defense you would have: that the invitation to the property included a requirement that the repair person first contact you to lock away the dogs. It will likely matter if the repair person was told of that beforehand.
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