Letter of Intent to Sue a dog Owner – Free Template

Letter of Intent to Sue dog ownerIntent to Sue Letter – Free Template

A Letter of Intent to Sue a dog Owner is a formal document where you, as victim of a dog crime, can express your near-future intent to prosecute a dog owner for the crime/s s/he may be committing.

Note that this is your Intention, not your Decision, meaning that you may change your mind any time, with or without the situation being resolved.

This Letter of Intent to Sue a dog Owner has the aim to clearly demonstrate to the perpetrator, dog owner, that you are serious about that problem and this is the last resort to resolve it amicably.

Which Crimes Can I Send a Letter of Intent to Sue a dog Owner for?

  • Barking
  • Dogs at large / unleashed (eg gated communities)
  • Dangerous dogs in the premises (eg apartment buildings)
  • Dog fouling (in your yard/property/sidewalk)
  • Damages caused by the dog (fences, gardens)
  • Odors caused by dogs and/or their location

Who Can I Send a Letter of Intent to Sue to?

  • Dog owners
  • Landlords
  • Kennels
  • Petshops
  • Animal Control

You could even send this letter to the Police or your city politicians and administrators but in this case you Must get the assistance of a competent lawyer before you initiate anything.

Can I Only Send this Notice Letter to a dog Owner?

No. You may send it to any party committing a crime where dogs are involved:

  • Dog nannies
  • Dog walkers
  • Landlords
  • Petshop owners
  • Homeowners Association
  • Building Administration, etc

Giving notice of intention to sue

Before commencing proceedings in court, a Notice of Intention to Sue letter should be given to the other party, he dog owner. This notice gives the other party 21 days in which to try and resolve the matter.

If no notice of intention to sue is given, the filing fee (the amount you pay the Court to lodge the claim) will not be recoverable, even if the action is eventually successful.

After serving the form on the defendant, you must wait a standard minimum 21 days for a response before taking any further action.


Some people suggest Mediation but that approach does Not work in the absolute majority of times. Worse, as no overly formal agreement was reached, the dog owner may re-initiate his criminal behaviour again, sooner than expected, and you will have to go through all that again. Waste of time. Money. Energy. Health.

Mediation is so NOT recommended.

“Reviewing five years of ‘barking’ complaints we could demonstrate no decrease in the number of complaints or related citations that correlated in any way with our contract expenditures in this area,” Health Department Director Dr. Francisco Garcia.
Pima Animal Care drops barking dog mediation contract

Service of Letter of Demand

This letter does not have to be filed in the court, and can be sent directly to the defendant (the dog owner) by either Registered post (preferably), regular post, or it can be given personally to the defendant. The plaintiff (you) should keep a copy of the letter and all records like registered letter receipt or date/time/place/name of the person you delivered the letter to.

Registered post

Registered Post is where the addressee must sign for receipt of the document. You can organise and pay for your document to be sent by Registered Post at any post office. While using Registered Post shows that the letter was sent, it is not strictly necessary.

Template of our suggested Letter of Intent to Sue :

Your Street/PO Box/Apt. #
City, State, Zip Code

Date Day NN/ Month month/ Year NNNN

Contact Person/Position
Company Name (Homeowners Association, Building Administration, etc)
Street/PO Box/Apt. #
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Letter of Intent to Sue
Account #/Reference #

Dear [Name of Contact Person]:

This letter serves as the formal notice of my intent to file a lawsuit against [Name of Company] for [Complaint].

[Details of complaint -include dates-account numbers-company representatives involved- you must be concise]

Please arrange the correction of all matters listed above within 21 days of the posting date of this letter. If I do not see this I intend to commence legal proceedings to recover the debt and my legal costs.

If you wish to resolve this matter, amicably, without court action, [terms of settlement] within [days to resolve before further action is taken].  If I do not hear from you/your company, I will initiate a lawsuit. My attorney at law will be contacting you from then on.

Your prompt action is appreciated,
[Your Name Signed]

[Your Name Typed]

Does a Letter of Intent to Sue Work Every Time?

It’s expected by all persons victimized by dog that after a Letter of Intent to Sue is sent to the offending dog owner all their problems will cease. There is no such thing, unfortunately.

It usually works, most of the time, but not in all cases. Some dog lovers are hardened criminals or anti-social people or previously nice people who were later brainwashed by all the dog propaganda, and say: “I don’t care. Let them sue. I pay how much the penalty is. I can go to jail for how long it is. But nobody will ever take my dog!”.

In this case, your very best option is to hire a competent lawyer and go through all the legal process, lengthy and costly, in Small Claims Court or Superior Court, now to obtain financial reparation AND the destruction/relocation of the dog.

Anyway, the worst thing you can do is doing nothing.

Final notice – From Me

I am Not a lawyer. This information is provided in my highest goodwill but I encouraged you to talk to a competent lawyer, for example at the closest Small Claims Court where there are usually lawyers who can give you FREE legal advice and proceed in full accordance to all the laws and regulations in your specific location, be it neighborhood, city, state, country.

All the best.


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11 Responses to Letter of Intent to Sue a dog Owner – Free Template

  1. Bravo says:

    Good initiative! People need to know what they can do against those dogtards.

  2. Bravo says:

    What a coincidence, from the sites listed in your blogroll:

    Dogs Bite Decatur, Al
    20 hrs ago

  3. KaD says:

    If you’re dealing with a lazy animal control office or city hall having them served with a Writ of Mandamus should get their attention REAL fast. Basically, it’s a letter ordering them to do their damn job or ELSE. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/writ+of+mandamus

    • MrMAD says:

      Thanks a lot, KaD.

      Just to let everybody else, specially in the USA, as it is intended for this country, is this:


      [Latin, We comand.] A writ or order that is issued from a court of superior jurisdiction that commands an inferior tribunal, corporation, Municipal Corporation, or individual to perform, or refrain from performing, a particular act, the performance or omission of which is required by law as an obligation.

      A writ or order of mandamus is an extraordinary court order because it is made without the benefit of full judicial process, or before a case has concluded. It may be issued by a court at any time that it is appropriate, but it is usually issued in a case that has already begun.

  4. KaD says:

    By the way, if you OWN your property look at the deed. There is a clause in it that says you are ENTITLED to “Quiet enjoyment of your property”. This is a LEGAL RIGHT. This means that your neighbors cannot routinely engage in ANY activity that is disruptive, barkomatics included. I know in California you can sue for $5000 due to barking. It should be this way everywhere. Dog owners typically fail to control their animals unless there are routine, severe consequences.

    • MrMAD says:

      I think, just think, that even renters can claim “Quiet enjoyment of your property” since they are the legal occupants at that time. I don’t think it could distinguish among renters and landlords.

      Anyway, this is a matter someone should talk to a competent lawyer, and your local Small Claims Court could probably provide you with that free consultation.

      Point is, people: Do something; do NOT suffer in silence (actually barking noise).

    • MrMAD says:

      I saw that when it happened. And the problem is… the pilot. Usual.

      One of the comments mentions (+1.4k of them) mentions the anxiety that people (normal) feels in between barking sessions, meaning, dog barks for some time, then stops, normal person thinks/expects it’s over but is not sure and so the stress and anxiety keep increasing as the person can never be sure if the barathon will come again, or when, as they usually come. Highly stressful, darned, to say the least.

      I’d like to write about that.

  5. DeletedName says:

    Be forewarned – if you sue in civil court and lose, you may be responsible for the defendant’s legal expenses. Stick to small claims unless you’ve been injured by (for example) dog bite and are suing for personal injury. (I’m not a lawyer but this is my understanding based on my own research)

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