Being bitten or attacked by a dog can be emotionally and physically debilitating, and confusion about the legal process in the aftermath of the incident can lead to more stress and uncertainty for the victim and his or her family. There are specific requirements that must be met in order to file a claim against the owner of the dog that attacked and it is more than likely that a victim may not be aware of the regulations in his or her state. Fortunately, the law firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® in New York City, NY has a dedicated team of dog bite lawyers that can help guide you through the legal process if you have been the victim of a pet attack.


In New York State, if a dog or other domestic household pet injures a person, he must show that the pet’s owner was aware or should’ve been aware of the animal’s “vicious propensity” before he can file a claim against the owner. “Vicious propensity,” as it is legally defined, can include the following behaviors: barking aggressively, growling, snarling, or biting. In some cases, the owner restraining the pet or keeping it as a guard dog can prove “vicious propensity”.


In the wake of an attack, it is also important to gather as much information as possible on the dog’s history, including whether it has ever bitten, chased, snarled at, or attacked another person, or whether it has been muzzled or caged by its owner in the presence of people. 

There are a few canine characteristics that cannot prove “vicious propensity,” such as a dog’s size or breed. Because of this, it is crucial for the victim to educate himself on the dogs past behaviors using either the owner’s testimonial or the victim’s own personal observations.



Our team of dog bite lawyers can help you investigate and determine the animal’s “vicious propensity” and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. To get started on your claim, call the New York City Heavy Hitters® law firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® at (646) 619-2777, or toll free at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-LAW-1010).