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“Hundesteuer” – German Tax on Dogs

German Tax on Dogs: Tell me more about it! Almost everywhere in Germany, dog owners have to pay taxes for their fur-friends. The only people exempt from paying these taxation on dogs are: shepherds, dog breeders or blind people or more generally explained: those who need their dog for their job or for living, or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

“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 […]

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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