In the event of incidents between livestock guarding dogs (LGD) and third parties, the public liability of the LGD owner normally covers any medical, veterinary or other costs. In individual cases, however, injured parties not only file liability claims but also criminal charges. Experiences in recent years have shown that these are often untenable. Nevertheless, in such a case it is up to the LGD owner to prove that the required duty of care was not violated.
In order to support LGD owners in such situations, the association has taken out a collective legal expenses insurance policy. The insurance covers the costs of a lawyer who assists the defendant after certain preliminary clarifications – a clear misconduct of the LGD owner can be excluded.
In the event of a written or personal interrogation, members should immediately report to the head office (caroline.nienhuis(at)hsh-ch.ch, 043 244 99 60).