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Tribunal Decisions

Judgments & Tribunal Decisions sorted by topic – at least in guiding principles – are presented and listed on the following pages. In addition to the guiding principles, summaries of the facts and comments on the judgements can also be found. Comments reflect our opinion and cannot claim to be exhaustive.

Please always remember that every tribunal decision – even a supreme court one – is based on a particular individual case. Generalisations are therefore usually neither possible nor meaningful. Rather, an examination of the individual facts often appears to be necessary.

So far, we have filed the following decisions (judgments and resolutions):

German Animal law

About 23 million pets live nowadays in Germany. Statistically, every second household now has at least one animal. Nevertheless, most of these people are not aware that they also assume a special legal responsibility in their capacity as pet owners. The following points are important in general animal law: Animal Liability Law in Germany Public […]

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Compensation for damages: vet costs

ACCIDENT: DOG´S OWNER COMPENSATION Munich Regional Court I (Ref.: 20 O 5615/18) What happen if your dog has been harmed in particular circumstances – such like a car or motorcycle accident? Are you entitled for compensation of damages? Source: www.pixabay.com This was the case of a german employee that used to bring his four-month-old male […]

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Cows and parked vehicles – Liability Issues

The Case The regional court of Koblenz recently had to discuss a really uncommon case (No. 13 S 45/19): the (legal) fight is apparently between a herd of cows and a car driver. As the cattle was driven from the farmer to another pasture, the cows had to pass through a narrow field path, next […]

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Father and sledge dogs´ owner: an oxymoron?

Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main (Case No. 1 UF 170/20) Is it nowadays to be considered an oxymoron, to be a father and also a dog owner? This week we are going to discuss the case of Mr. Veilke and his pack of sledge dogs. The Case Mr. Veilke lives separately from his (ex)wife, […]

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Riding Instructor

The Bonn Regional Court held a riding instructor responsible for assessing the dangers of riding lessons. She gave her pupil a ride in a hall with a training horse. The training horse went through as another rider with stallion used the hall. He asked the teacher for permission beforehand. She allowed it. While the two […]

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Barking at the garden fence

The Higher Regional Court in Celle ruled that dog owners must be held liable for the “wrong” behaviour of their pet at the garden fence. A dog frightened an old lady passing the garden fence with a loud bark. He ran towards the fence and jumped up. The woman fell, so she had to go […]

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Liability issues in the event of a riding accident

Horse owners who leave their animal to third parties are liable for the behaviour of the animal. The BGH ruled that the damages resulting from a riding accident are to be borne by the horse owner if the rider was unsettled by the behaviour of the animal. Bundesgerichtshofs, 06.07.1999, Aktenzeichen: VI ZR 170/98

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Scared passersby

The district court of Frankfurt am Main ruled that the owner, whose dog frightens a running passer-by, must pay  for damages. A passer-by ran to the subway and was chased by two free-running dogs, frightened and jumped on the hood and roof of a parked vehicle. The dog owner must be liable for the damage […]

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“Dogs must be on leash”

Tribunal Decisions on the Leash-Requirement for dogs Costs of the treatment Dog owners must pay for injuries made by (mutually) biting dogs. The treatment costs are waived against each other. If one of the dogs is not leashed, its owner must bear the treatment costs alone. Amtsgerichts Frankfurt am Main, Aktenzeichen: 32 C 4500/94-39 Fake Alarm […]

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Male dog holder does not have to be liable for mating

The district court (AG) Daun decided that the owner of a mixed breed dog does not have to be liable for unintentional mating of a mating pedigree dog by his male dog. A mongrel male mated with a female in heat. Six mixed-breed puppies resulted from it. The owner of the non-pedigree puppies sued the […]

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