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Hi there. What happens when someone gets hurt is that the victim names every possible defendant in hopes of finding one with insurance and/or deep pockets. That means the victim would sue the landlord, both roommates, and likely their parents and the parents' insurance company. Even if the roommates have no money, it's terrible at that age to have a big judgment against you because it lasts for years and to discharge it you have to file for bankruptcy. There are certainly levels of culpability, but the thing is that everyone knows this dangerous dog is there and no one is taking any affirmative action to get the dog out. I would suggest you or your daughter or the landlord tell the roommate either removes the dog or one of will call animal control and report the dog's biting history and have animal control take the dog forcibly.
I agree with you. Both her dad and the landlord need to be informed. I would do it in a format where you have documentation that you you did formally notify them so they can't later claim ignorance. I would do it by email or by certified mail and give them a very short specified period of time to take action. In the meantime, your daughter could move out claiming that her roommate, by keeping the dangerous dog, has actually constructively evicted her.
Yes.....he could do so.
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