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If you are a dog owner who allows your pet to stay tied up on your property, and you have a neighbor claiming your dog bit them and caused an injury, you will most likely want to fight any charges filed against you because of this incident. If you believe your neighbor is falsifying their claim in order to receive compensation from an insurance company or purely for revengeful reasons, you will need to do some detective work to help prove your dog is an innocent party being framed for a crime it did not commit. Here are some steps you can take when battling a lying neighbor about a dog bite incident.
Use Video Surveillance to Help Prove Your Case
If you have cameras on your property, you will have an easy case to prove as there will be footage available to show your dog did no harm to anyone. If not, you can still use surveillance video after the proposed incident to help prove your dog does not act in a vicious way when people are nearby. Ask a few friends to come to your property at times your dog is outside to see if it acts as if it is going to attack as they approach your pet. Consider having one person gently tease the dog to check out its response when you watch the footage you obtain during this time. This can be used in court to show your dog is docile when approached and provoked by others.
Retain Documentation about Your Dog's Personality
Ask anyone who comes into contact with your dog to give you a written statement about how they perceive its demeanor when they come into contact with it. A veterinarian can give you documentation about each visit you take with your pet. A groomer can give a synopsis of your dog's personality each time it goes in for a bathing session. A dog trainer can give and indication about what your dog is like when around other dogs. This information will build a profile for your dog's personality to help show those in court that it is not likely your dog bit the neighbor.
Obtain the Plaintiff's Medical Information
Your attorney will be able to get an idea about the extent of your neighbor's injury via the documentation they retain from the neighbor's attorney. This information can be used to see if your neighbor is pretending to be injured. Hire a private investigator to watch over your neighbor's activities. If they are engaging in activities they would not be able to do with the proposed injury, this information can be used in court to weaken their credibility in their injury claim. Click here to continue reading more about how an attorney can assist you in a dog bite injury claim.