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Where did the attack take place? Was it on the public sidewalk or street or on the other dog owner's property?
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Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, if the attack happened on their property then you are liable for the damages. There is a general rule that a dog owner musk keep their animal under control at all times.
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"Stupid" is not a claim. I am saying that it was negligent.
In that case, your neighbor was negligent.