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I am helping a lady in Hollister, Ca. Her dog was with a dog sitter and the dog bit a child, when the child kicked at the dog while riding by on a scooter. 

The dog has no priors, the Hollister ordinances are so gray, they can literally impound a dog for chasing a cat with intent to injure it.

The lady can not get an attorney to help her. 

The case has had one hearing in dog court and is set to be heard in the superior court. 

Questions are, will she need to subpoena her witnesses prior to the hearing date, or can they just show up and testify? 

 

Doesn't she have a right to get the discovery? How does she do this? The city attorney will not return calls. Will an email or certified letter get these documents? 

 

Maybe some suggestions on who to contact for a case like this in San Benito county? (All referral lines have been called, I even reached out to the American Bar for numbers)

 

The shelter that has the dog is starving him, we have intake photos and recent photos, dog needs medical care for an open sore on his paw from stress licking. The dog owner has provided dog food and is giving the dog antibiotics. She visits him every day during lunch and after work. 

 

Any help or assistance or references would be very much appreciated. 

 

Thanks

 

 

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Does the dog owner have homeowners insurance?

 

If yes, then you stop practicing law without a license and have her report the claim to her insurance company, which should have been done when it happened.

 

If not, then she CAN get an attorney to help her. She just has to pay one and any attorney who handles dog liability claims can help her. Just google Hollister, CA dog bite lawyer and I'm sure there will be a few.

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11 hours ago, Thebomb said:

the Hollister ordinances are so gray, they can literally impound a dog for chasing a cat with intent to injure it.

 

I doubt that very much since ascertaining a dog's intent is not possible.

 

 

11 hours ago, Thebomb said:

The case has had one hearing in dog court and is set to be heard in the superior court.

 

What sort of case?  Is it a civil lawsuit filed by the victim of the dog bite?  Also, there's no such thing as "dog court."

 

 

11 hours ago, Thebomb said:

will she need to subpoena her witnesses prior to the hearing date, or can they just show up and testify?

 

That depends.  Does she want to have recourse if, by some chance, the witness does not actually show up?

 

 

11 hours ago, Thebomb said:

Doesn't she have a right to get the discovery?

 

Get what discovery from whom?

 

 

11 hours ago, Thebomb said:

How does she do this?

 

Depends on the nature of the case.

 

 

11 hours ago, Thebomb said:

Will an email or certified letter get these documents?

 

We have no way of knowing.

 

 

11 hours ago, Thebomb said:

The lady can not get an attorney to help her.

 

Why not?

 

 

10 hours ago, adjusterjack said:

have her report the claim to her insurance company

 

That will work if the case at issue is a civil lawsuit.  However, it sounds like that might not be the case.

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