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Animal Owner Responsibility • San Antonio

The personal injury attorneys at Trevino Injury Law represent individuals who have been injured or lost loved ones due to animal attacks in San Antonio and throughout Texas.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a direct result of the careless, negligent, wrongful, or reckless act of a company, person, or a municipality in an animal attack we will aggressively advocate for your just compensation.

Injuries due to animal attacks can be devastating. Trevino Injury Law takes pride in addressing clients’ full range of [questions and concerns]. We will make sure you thoroughly understand your rights.

Call the personal injury attorneys of Trevino Injury Law today to schedule your FREE case evaluation with an experienced attorney.

(210) 255-3088

How to Determine Animal Owner Liability

If you are unsure who is responsible for an animal attack or bite, the first question to answer is: who is the animal’s owner? Texas law imposes “strict liability” on animal owners who do not prevent their animal’s from attacking others. Under Texas law, a dog owner is liable if their dog bites you, regardless of the circumstances of the bite. One of the few instances where the owner may escape liability is if they warned others that the animal may be dangerous, and did everything within their power to keep it restrained. If the owner did not know their dog or animal was dangerous or capable of attack, it is still his or her responsibility to prevent injury to a person, and they may still be held liable.

There are other potentially liable parties in animal attack cases. Animal custodians and caretakers, such as a pet sitter, kennel operator, or animal shelter owner, can be held responsible for attacks that occur under their watch. Property owners and landlords are also expected to prevent injuries caused by animals on their property or owned by their tenants.

Classifications of Animal Owner Liability Cases

  • Negligent Handling of Animals
  • Dangerous Domesticated Animals
  • Wild Animals
  • Texas Dangerous Dog Act
  • Leash Laws
  • Animal Nuisances

Texas Dangerous Animal Liability Laws

The Texas Dangerous Dog Act contains prescriptions for people who own or keep dangerous dogs. A dangerous dog is any dog that makes an unprovoked attack on a person, whether or not it causes that person any injury. Owners of dangerous dogs are required to hold insurance, and must hand their dog over to animal control if it is found dangerous. Furthermore, under San Antonio law, dangerous dogs must wear identifying collars and be kept in enclosures, and their owners must attend responsible animal owner classes.

San Antonio has its own leash laws and additional ordinances against aggressive dogs, animal nuisances, and livestock that hold animal owners liable for various dangers presented by animals in populated areas.

What Are My Rights Under the Law?

If you have been attacked because an animal owner failed to adequately protect others from attack, you have a right to file a personal injury claim. You may be able to receive compensation for medical costs, mental anguish, lost wages, and more. Contact an experienced dog bite and animal attack attorney as soon as possible to begin your claim. Our personal injury lawyers have the expertise you need to successfully navigate a claim against an animal owner, and get you the best possible compensation.

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Trevino Injury Law is a San Antonio based law firm who works on a “contingency fee basis” on all personal injury cases including animal owner liability. Simply put, we only get paid if we win your case. If there is no recovery, you pay nothing.

“Trevino Injury Law is a leader in personal injury law with trial experience that speaks for itself.”Candelario Trevino

Call the personal injury attorneys of Trevino Injury Law today to schedule your FREE case evaluation with an experienced attorney.

(210) 255-3088


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