My Pet has been attacked

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My pet has been injured by another animal. What can I do?

Under the Companion Animals Act compensation can be sought if an animal is injured by a dog.

This could include compensation for any veterinary bills and medications that have been required because of the injury by another animal. Specific legal advice on such matters should be obtained.

Owners of dogs that have attacked or injured another animal can be found guilty of a criminal offence if the local Council decides to prosecute. Owners may, however, argue that their animal was provoked or not solely responsible for the injury. 

Dogs may be seized if it is reasonable and necessary to protect any person or animal from injury. Dogs responsible for attacking or injuring can be seized by any person if the dog is on property owned or occupied by that person. Nuisance Orders can also be issued for cats that cause damage or interfere with the peace, comfort or convenience of a person.



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