I was bitten by an unvaccinated dog. Is the owner liable?

An attack by a dog is a frightening experience for victims and their families. Unfortunately, the experience is often made even more traumatic if it is later discovered that the attacking dog was not properly vaccinated. When a victim is attacked by any dog, he or she is at risk of a dangerous infection. If the dog did not have a current rabies vaccine, the victim will likely need to undergo treatment for rabies, even if the dog is later determined to not suffer from the condition. Victims may need to pursue a claim against the dog’s owner in order to be compensated fully for their losses.

5 Facts About Dog Bite Attacks Involving Unvaccinated Animals

Unless you or a loved one was the victim of a dog bite in the past, you are likely not familiar with the laws surrounding pet ownership, liability, and vaccinations. The following are five important facts to be aware of:

  • Under California law, all dog owners are required to vaccinate their pets against rabies.
  • Dogs must receive the rabies vaccine after reaching four months of age.
  • Thereafter, dogs must be vaccinated on a regular basis.
  • Dog bite victims who are attacked by unvaccinated animals must submit to treatment for rabies.
  • These victims can pursue a claim against the owner of the animal for failing to vaccinate.

If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog that was not properly vaccinated, it is important to protect your legal rights as diligently as you would pursue medical treatment for your injuries. We are here to help guide you through this process to make it as painless as possible. We encourage you to contact us today at 800-989-6385 to schedule a free consultation.