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Attacked by dog, how to get owner to take responsibility?
May 19, 2012 1:10 PM   Subscribe

Help me think straight. I was attacked by a loose German Shepherd while out on a walk with my husband and our two small leashed dogs. What should I do next? The owner is in denial and I am concerned for the safety of myself and others. I think that if I threaten a lawsuit I could scare her into building a fence and reinforcing her door. I'm interested in getting her to take action to keep her dog enclosed or to take it to a behaviorist, not trying to win money in a settlement.

When we were attacked, the german shepherd (a huge adult male) appeared out of nowhere and targeted the 8 lb yorkie mix that my husband was walking. Our dogs didn't bark at it and we were on the sidewalk. It totally blindsided us.

My husband was taken off guard but quickly risked his own safety to get the attacking dog off of our tiny elderly dog. He is a big guy and has years of martial arts training. Despite using his full strength to kick the dog in the ribs and punch the dog in the head, it remained unfazed and kept biting and biting. It eventually got our tiny dog in its mouth and thrashed it about like a rag doll. I was certain my dog would die. At one point it decided to come after our 20 lb doxie mix and I scooped him up to keep him out of the way. I was bitten on my leg, luckily protected by a boot, while kicking the dog away. My husband was bitten on his wrist while trying to scoop up our poor Lulu. By some miracle it bit right where his watch was and left a huge gouge in the stainless steel.

The entire time I was screaming for help and kicking the dog as hard as I could in the hips. Eventually, my husband pinned it to the ground with his knees and somehow got our dog free. If I had been alone, at least one of our dogs would surely have died. We were lucky to be able to defend ourselves but it took everything we had and that dog came at us with full force and was hardly deterred.

Both dogs were wearing long padded vest harnesses so they were protected and no blood was drawn. Thank goodness. It was horrible watching a big dog like that shaking our little 8 lb dog in its mouth. I feel like we dodged a bullet. Any one of those shakes could have hurt her spine.

This was at a house that is a few blocks away from ours. We don't normally go that way but needed to walk to the mailbox.

The idiot owner appeared from her back yard after what seemed like an eternity. This is after I was screaming for help that we are getting attacked by a dog, come get your dog. My husband, who was understandably upset, told her to come get her f-ing dog and keep it out of the f-ing street.

She had the nerve to get mad at him for using the f-word and told us that her dog was a nice dog. He had to remind her that we were the victims and each one of us had gotten bitten by her "nice dog!"

Imagine if it was a senior citizen or a family with children out with their pet! Ugh, what a total idiot. Animal control says I can submit a report and the lady would have to appear in front of a judge but she'd only get fined for a loose dog since no humans were bleeding from the bites.

This total moron totally blew us off and didn't seem sorry at all until my husband said he was going to press charges against her. Then she started crying! She is a HORRIBLE PERSON who did not care that we were attacked because she didn't believe her dog would do it.

My husband may have fractured his pinky from punching the dog and I threw out my back (recovering from back surgery, great). Our dogs seem to be ok, we are keeping an eye on little Lulu to see if there's any neurological damage. It did appear that me and my husband were not the target of the attack and we were only bitten trying to defend our dogs--so the dog is not necessarily people aggressive.

The owner is an elderly lady and swore it was the first time the dog had ever done that and it is always in the back yard behind the fence or inside.

I am wondering what to do. If this really was a freak occurrence and the dog was just guarding a perceived threat to its yard, maybe I could let it go. I've already filed a formal complaint with animal control and an officer came to take my report. I can ask that the case be sent to court but the most she'd get is a fine for a loose dog. If this would scare her straight, I'd be willing to do it if it kept others safe. For now, there's at least an official record that her dog was loose and attacked us.

I was thinking of asking her neighbors whether it truly is a one-time chance accident. If there have been repeated issues, I was thinking of threatening to sue her with the offer to drop the suit if she fenced in her front yard to keep the neighborhood safe from her dog. I'm not actually interested in a law suit or in getting any money out of her but I would like to scare her into taking responsibility for her powerful and territorial dog.

I am having a hard time thinking straight because I am so upset. Has something like this happened to you and what do you think I should do? This is not personal, I just want for others to be safe. There are grannies out walking their malteses in my neighborhood and children with their pups.

BTW, I went on Amazon today and purchased a telescopic night stick for future walks. The animal control officer said the majority of loose dogs would be scared away if I threatened them with a stick and swung at them.
posted by anonymous to Pets & Animals (36 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
It doesn't really matter to me if this was a "freak occurrence" or not, that dog is dangerous. I would definitely talk to the neighbors at the very least to warn them. Sure it didn't attack you directly, you're full grown adults, what if a kid is walking by though?

Absolutely go to court, make this as big a pain in the ass for the owner as possible.

Keep track of any medical or vet bills, sue the owner for the costs in small claims court or something. Again, the point is to make it more annoying to not keep her dog under control.

There is nothing that annoys me more than people who refuse to control their dogs (I may be a bit sensitive today though since a "completely friendly" unleashed dog just attacked another dog right outside my house this week). I don't care if she is an elderly lady, owning a dog is a huge responsibility and one of those responsibilities is keeping it from hurting others.
posted by magnetsphere at 1:25 PM on May 19, 2012 [15 favorites]


The first thing I would do is to take your dogs to the vet and have your husband see a doctor about his hand. If you have any bruising or ANYTHING, document it. When I was a teen, my parents brought home a puppy to our not-so-socialized female shepherd/Pitt mix and we were in the hospital that same night. Old dog bit new dog quite badly, but no blood had been shed. She did have very serious injuries anyway.

I would do whatever you can to make this owner realize that what her dog did HAPPENED and that she needs to take responsibility for it. Take pictures of the watch, the boots, the dog vests, any injuries, bruises. Make her pay for the vet visit. File that report.
posted by two lights above the sea at 1:25 PM on May 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


Calling the police is the best starting point for you. Animal attacks of any type aren't acceptable and you shouldn't have to carry a weapon to defend yourself. You say "the most she'd get is a fine for a loose dog." I doubt this - press the point with a lawyer, if possible. Animals like that should not be loose. What if it had been your child?
posted by blaneyphoto at 1:26 PM on May 19, 2012 [26 favorites]


Go to vet. Go to doctor. Keep all records.
Call animal control.
Call a lawyer.


Anonomize this post. Don't call the owner an idiot in public.
posted by k8t at 1:28 PM on May 19, 2012 [20 favorites]


This dog is a threat to the public, and needs to be put down. You need to talk to the police about this - there may be charges they can lay against the owner. I would also document any injuries and strongly consider suing the owner.

she'd only get fined for a loose dog since no humans were bleeding from the bites

Unreal. The dog didn't hurt you enough, so they're going to let it go another round with someone else? What a stupid law.
posted by Dasein at 1:29 PM on May 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


Oh I see you called animal control. Yes - file with them.

And contact a lawyer.

And don't call her a total moron or idiot in public.
posted by k8t at 1:30 PM on May 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm so sorry this happened to you, your husband, and your dogs. It must have been so scary.

1. I would take both dogs to the veteriarian as soon as you can. Like tonight. Find an emergency clinic. I know you say it seems like the pups are okay, but if this happened to me that's the very first thing I would do. You are not a veterinary medical professional (that I know of) and aren't really in the position to say whether your dogs are ok (even if they look like they are).

2. You say you spoke with an animal control officer - did he make a report of the incident? Have you called the police?

3. I was walking one of by dogs when a neighbor let his 80lb + dog out of the front door (no leash or anything, he literally opened the front door for his dog, and they don't have a fence) and the dog charged me and my dog. Luckily I had enough lag time that I got my dog up and the owner came running and tackled his dog. I ended up writing him a letter that basically said "you behaved really irresponsibley by letting your dog out of the house when you had no control over him. I want you to tell me how this never going to happen again." The guy actually wrote me back and said he would leash his dog before they left the house and he would see about getting a fence. The fence thing never happened but we've never had another incident. I kept a copy of my letter and his response.
posted by OsoMeaty at 1:30 PM on May 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


Something very similar happened to my family years ago. A big, aggressive German Shepherd bolted from his yard as my mom was walking by with our little dog, who was bitten and badly injured but recovered eventually.
And in this scenario the German Shepherd's owner refused to own up to the incident as well. There were some contentious phone calls and letters and intimations that a lawsuit would be filed but in the end that was avoided, as the owner installed a bigger fence which prevented the animal from getting out again.
So you might just have to use the threat of legal action to make this lady do the responsible thing here. If she is as oblivious as it seems, then this could very well happen again to someone else, as you pointed out.
It certainly is a good idea to always carry a stick or something to protect yourself with, too. Or pepper spray (or is that inadvisable nowadays?). This kind of thing isn't all that uncommon.
posted by Alonzo T. Calm at 1:31 PM on May 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Call the police, file a report. Just do that, and take photographs of any damage (people and stuff, if there's bite marks in their vests), and then rest and recover for a couple of days while those wheels turn.

Do not engage with the owner. You are justifiably upset and full of adrenaline and anger, which is fine, but it means that right now isn't the time. Just let the police do their thing for now.

The dog that was shaken is going to feel really shitty later tonight/tomorrow when the adrenaline wears off. Consider going to the emergency vet for a) documentation, b) a look, c) anti-inflammatories. You go to the ER this weekend if you feel bad, otherwise try to get in and see your doc first thing next week. (Documentation, checkup.)
posted by Lyn Never at 1:32 PM on May 19, 2012 [11 favorites]


>This dog is a threat to the public, and needs to be put down.

I can understand why someone might say this but it's very unlikely that this would be the immediate result of you contacting animal control or the police. It usually doesn't work like that. There are A TON of steps that would need to happen in-between you making a report and a dog being seized and euthanized. It's very unlikely that an outcome from this incident would be the dog being euthanized.
posted by OsoMeaty at 1:39 PM on May 19, 2012


Sorry, I selectively read and missed the part where you said "I've already filed a formal complaint with animal control and an officer came to take my report."

I would also call the police and see if you could file a report with them as well.
Then to vet for pups and doctor for you and husband.
Then everybody take it easy for a couple of days.
posted by OsoMeaty at 1:44 PM on May 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


You should verify that the attacking dog was up on its vaccinations. Get documentation, call the county, whatever you have to do. If that dog wasn't up on rabies vaccinations, you might have an even more serious situation.
posted by amtho at 1:59 PM on May 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


I once has a bat scratch me lightly. My PCP had be get the vaccine. YMMV.
posted by OsoMeaty at 2:11 PM on May 19, 2012


See the doctor and the vet, Keep track of all costs, file police reports, tell animal control you want to file a report, etc. The woman has an obligation to you to make you financially whole from all this.

No one has mentioned this yet, but if she has liability insurance (usually attached to the homeowners or renters policy), you might be able to settle with them. Unfortunately, threatening a lawsuit may be the first step in doing that, but you may not need to go to court. You might need a consultation with a lawyer about doing all this, but I'd get a regular attorney, not the kind that take 30%...

it's up to animal control to deal with the dog, but it sounds vicious. I wouldn't take that woman's word that it's the first time the dog has acted up.
posted by randomkeystrike at 2:27 PM on May 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well as a parent of a small, tasty-looking child, I appreciate your interest in keeping this dog from being free in the street.

Keep all your bills (vet, dr etc); you'll need them if you decide to sue her, which you absolutely should. It might be the thing that finally convinces her it's worth being responsible about the dog.

Call the police in addition to animal control.

You can sue her in small claims court without a lawyer; but if you have any kind of significant bills, then why not just get a lawyer? There is such a thing as a dog bite lawyer, and since your goal isn't to get money but rather to see the dog's threat neutralized, then it shouldn't matter if you pay a contingency fee. Lawyers need to make a living too or they wouldn't be there to help.
posted by fingersandtoes at 3:04 PM on May 19, 2012


If your husbands has been bitten go see a doctor and let him know you have been bitten, in our area they will file a bite report. Having animal control ring wanting proof of rabies shots and the like might make the owner take things a little more seriously.

Take your dog to the vets to get them checked out. Send the bills for both visits to the dog owner, you might not get anything but again the idea that not controlling their dog will cost them money might make them take care next time.
posted by wwax at 3:09 PM on May 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


As a point of reference, my Heeler was attacked by an Akita who had him in her grasp as well. There was not much blood, but a ton of damage under the skin...get them checked out for tissue damage please.
posted by lobstah at 3:16 PM on May 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


Lawyer, lawyer, lawyer, IMO before you do anything else. Police, doctor, vet, all that will have to happen, but I would speak to a lawyer first. Whatever happens to the dog will probably depend on animal control laws and the like, but the owner's legal obligation to you is a separate issue. You should get legal advice about how to proceed so that you preserve the evidence you'll need to sue the owner if you decide to go that route.
posted by dixiecupdrinking at 4:17 PM on May 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also, sorry, overlooked this:

I'm not actually interested in a law suit or in getting any money out of her but I would like to scare her into taking responsibility for her powerful and territorial dog.

I know people think that lawsuits are these like gold-digging things where people try to extort money of each other over some small infraction. That's a bogus narrative. Suing the owner is a way both to make sure you are not exposed to unfair expenses from this incident and to enforce the law against the owner in a way that will make her think twice about letting this dangerous dog out in the future. It would not be opportunistic of you in this kind of situation. Many laws that are important to society at large are only enforced by private lawsuits in our society, but that can be just as effective and important as, say, having the police investigate crimes.
posted by dixiecupdrinking at 4:22 PM on May 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


I've been on both sides of this, sort of. We had a rescued lab who viciously attacked my husband in our fenced back yard. We took her to the vet, animal behaviorist, and vet behaviorist (the dog equivalent of GP, therapist, and PsyD). And then, finally, after much worry and research about how you might lose your house if there is a single dog bite on record and your home insurance denies coverage when your are sued, we talked to our vet again and decided to put her down. We cried.

About a year later, when I was about seven months pregnant, we were walking around our block, and a huge mastiff (? I can't quite remember) rushed at us right through his chain link fence, then once he was through, attacked the teacup dog other neighbors were walking right behind us. I ended up having to grab the dog while the teacup dog's family picked her up, bleeding. Because my husband was still in therapy recovering from his attack the year before. I think the vicious dog's owner ended up paying vet bills-- and I think he was lucky that was all that happened.

I'm not sure if it varies from state to state, but where we live, there is a one strike rule for dogs. (Or at least was at the time.) One attack = vicious dog, and your insurance is at risk.
posted by instamatic at 4:31 PM on May 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Please make sure of the legality of your collapsable nightstick. You might be better off with a walking stick or pepper spray.
posted by Addlepated at 4:47 PM on May 19, 2012


Absolutely call the police, animal control, etc. It sounds harsh but I am very much on the side of this dog is a menace and needs to be either removed from this womans home and put into a situation where it will get the training and control it needs, or it needs to be destroyed. I don't say this lightly as I would be devastated if my dog bit someone and had to be put down, but negligent pet owners endanger anybody and anything that is vulnerable. I would much rather see any dog (including mine) euthanized than have a child hospitalized because of it. Guarding a yard is only a reasonable explanation if you and your husband happened to be inside their fenced yard.

Document all damage, get your pups to the pet hospital to be inspected. Forward every single bill to the negligent dog owner and make it excruciatingly clear that she is to pay all of these or you will lawyer up and sue her into the next century.
posted by Beacon Inbound at 4:58 PM on May 19, 2012


No. This is not in any way okay.

I see this crap all the time in off-leash areas where a big dog decides to attack another dog and the owner does little to nothing apart from calling - "Oh Fido, come! Down boy!" or some other useless thing. I have had this happen to my own small 20 pound dog, who is and has always been a friendly, gentle dog and who a few times has gotten attacked by a larger dog in an off-leash dog park. When this has happened I am right there and I will physically remove my dog from the situation by picking him up and walking away because the bigger dog will generally not let him walk away on his own, and I have had large dogs JUMP UP ON ME, snapping, trying to get at my dog.

Here's the thing, pretty much no one thinks their dog will do that. Of course they don't. But dogs are still animals and they can sometimes be set off with no warning. The owner needs to be cognizant and keep an eye on their dog at all times. And if something like this happens it is the owner's responsibility to physically pull the dog away and restrain it and not just weakly call for it to get down (if they're doing anything), which is totally useless when a dog has been set off.

My dog that I mentioned, who I think is a sweet, mild mannered dog, is always near me at an off-leash park (he is always on his leash otherwise, as is required for dogs in most non-rural areas) and I am always watching him. If he were to so much as growl at another dog, I would immediately pull him away or pick him up and we leave, after apologizing to the owner of the other dog. I strongly believe that dogs either need to be socialized to be around other dogs and people and then still watched at all times; or they need to always be kept on leash and always give all other animals and people a wide berth when they're outside. It is incumbent upon the owner to have control over their dog at all times. If their dog is out of control, it is not the other dog's fault, it is not the other person's fault, it is not even the fault of the dog that is out of control. It is the fault of the owner. And it really pisses me off when people don't take basic responsibility because their sweet little Fido would never hurt anyone, etc, etc.

And like other people have said, what if this had been a little toddler? No, I think this owner needs to understand that with dog ownership comes a lot of responsibility and it sounds like it might take a lawsuit or whatever for her to realize that. If more irresponsible owners faced real consequences, maybe more people would start to understand what is involved in owning a dog.
posted by triggerfinger at 5:35 PM on May 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


Document everything, file a police report as well as with animal control, get your bites and your husband's checked out by your doctor, take your dogs to your vet for a checkup, make sure that attacking dog is up-to-date on it vacinations. As someone above mentions , do NOT contact this woman directly: let animal control check for the vacinations, let the police tell her about keeping her dog under control, let your lawyer inform her of the bills for your doctor and vet exams.

(I was in my condo's laundry room just a couple days ago when a man came in with his laundry and his dog: the dog immediately began growling and lunging at me --- fortunately it WAS on a leash! --- and the damn owner still said I was "over-reacting" when I asked him to take his dog back out of there.....)
posted by easily confused at 5:47 PM on May 19, 2012


Your husband seems like he might have a very short temper (punching the dog) and swearing at the neighbor even when the event was done - the "attacking" dog may have picked up on that.

Christ, I really don't understand some people. Punching a dog that's trying to kill your dog, entirely unprovoked, is not a problem. Swearing at a dog owner whose dog just tried to kill yours is...well, what else would someone expect? I'm amazed by the number of people who seem to want to jump to defend owners of aggressive dogs, and the dogs themselves. They're animals - once they start posing a danger, they have no place in society. Don't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.
posted by Dasein at 5:58 PM on May 19, 2012 [14 favorites]


Something similar happened to us a couple months ago. An english bulldog pushed open the front door and charged out. I saw him, knew he was going for my dog (a larger dog), and I put myself between the two, but the dog had no collar and bit my arm (not breaking the skin, but unpleasant) and then went for my face and I had to jump out of the way. The dog then thankfully charged past my 2 year old and went for my dog that my husband had. My husband tried to keep my dog away from the other dog, put the bulldog wouldn't let it go. Finally I grabbed my dog's leash and my husband tackled/pinned the other dog, having to use so much force he ripped his pants. In the past I've kicked dogs in similar situations (including once my own) to stop it. You use all the force you need to to stop an attacking dog. I then screamed at the owner when he finally got out. We ended up not pressing any sorts of charges because the mother of the house came over and apologized fully and I let her have it. Otherwise, I would have done what I could to make sure they realized how dangerous that situation could have really been. I also tell everyone in the neighborhood I meet so they know there are dangerous dogs there too.
posted by katers890 at 6:48 PM on May 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was in the middle of a dog attack once. I worked at a kennel, and a beagle had almost gotten out of a run through a wooden fence, could have gotten out or jammed its head or something, so I went and picked it up to take it to a different run. This kennel was old and I had to go through another run with a black german shepherd and a golden retriever. They seized the beagle in my arms, and the rest is an adrenaline-impaired memory blur but it ended up with a huge gash laying open the side of my right hand, multiple paired punctures all over my fingers (including nerve damage to my pinky that took six months to heal). Somehow in the adrenaline rush and fury I separated all three dogs into separate runs. The beagle had some punctures but he ended up okay. I healed eventually.

Anyway, dog attacks are terrible and unpredictable. It was sheer luck that the injuries you and your husband and your dog sustained weren't worse.

You should press this case as hard as you can. An aggressive dog is a menace and frankly I think it should be put down. That may not be necessary according to some, but I really doubt this woman is willing to get a fence. Then, what happens when it gets through the fence?

Good luck. Your actions now may prevent worse damage to someone else down the line. You got off lucky, but if this dog is given an opportunity to do the same again... the results will be devastating. Such a dog owner as the one you dealt with should not have a dog, any dog. Period. If she can't control one, then she shouldn't have one. Use the force of the law to the fullest extent possible.

I wish you the best on the healing from this, both you and your husband, as well as your dog. A vicious dog attack is more than just unsettling, it is traumatic.
posted by marble at 8:19 PM on May 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


- Get photos of all injuries. Photograph the public walkway you were on when it happened (from afar).
- Document the timeline of the attack without reference to the mental capabilities of the owner.
- Call the cops. You can call the non-emergency number to start and they will prioritise it for you beyond that.
- Go to the vet and doctor and get copies of the treatment notes and bills.
- Do file with animal control for further action.

It would be a good idea to talk to a lawyer. The lawyer can advise on how to simultaneously handle the results of the police/animal control actions (if any) and will be invaluable in crafting a letter requesting that the owner put up a proper fence and otherwise maintain control of their dog. It's good of you to not be thinking about money, but you should probably also talk to the lawyer about submitting the vet & doctor bills to the owner, because many people won't control their animals until it starts costing them something.

I know a lot of this might be a hassle, but you'll be preventing that dog from harming anyone else in the future, and could even save its life (something the owner is unfortunately too defensive to see).
posted by batmonkey at 8:49 PM on May 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


[This absolutely needs to not turn into a cross-examination-by-hypothesis of the asker or a general argument about the ethics of euthanasia, etc. Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth, please give the thread a break.]
posted by cortex at 9:02 PM on May 19, 2012


I'm sorry you had this happen.

First of all, get your pets to a vet. There could be serious trauma and swelling under the skin. Second of all, both of you go to the doctor, get it on record that you strained your back and your husband's wrist was bruised and his watch was damaged. No broken skin? What a crock!! If the dog had knocked you over and you had landed wrong, you could have fractured your arm without breaking the skin.

You need to step up and be responsible for the ...grannies out walking their malteses in my neighborhood and children with their pups, since it's obvious the dog's owner won't be.

Pursue this to the fullest extent. Do NOT back off. You may initially feel you're hounding this person, and it's not right, but think of how you would be feeling if that dog had killed one of your little buddies, or if it had knocked you down and bitten you severely in the face for trying to save your dog? Could you live with yourself if that happened to someone else and your action--or lack thereof--could have prevented it?
posted by BlueHorse at 9:40 PM on May 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Just Google [Your Area] + Dog Bite Lawyer and look through some of the websites until you find someone who you think might fit your situation. Dog Bite Lawyers are not all hucksters out for a buck. A lot of these lawyers are dedicated to responsible dog ownership and will be willing to work with you to get what you want done. Remember that suing someone doesn't just have to be about getting money, you can sue someone to have them remedy a dangerous defect, i.e. putting up a fence or keeping the dog leashed. IANYL, TINLA.
posted by twiggy32 at 12:35 AM on May 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


That dog needs to be put down. No animal should behave like that, it is clearly very dangerous. You really did dodge a bullet here - a German Shepard can kill people if it decides to.

Call the police and make it clear that you want to press charges.
posted by airways at 5:38 AM on May 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I went through this recently with an elderly neighbor's American Bulldog. The neighbors would let the dog out. It made a bee line in my yard, going in circles around my house barking and growling aggressively, lunging into my door whenever I would open it, trapping me inside. This happened several times. I called animal control every time. The last time, I called police and animal control. The police man (looked like a pro football player) was afraid to get out of his car.

I followed up with animal control and made myself heard. Legal actions were taken. They told the little old people that jail was a possibility. I've not see the dog since.

It doesn't matter how old someone is, or how much they love their dog, if it attacks even one person then it must be put down. I lived in fear for 4 years. My children were not allowed to play in our back yard because we shared a fence and the dog would go crazy, trying to jump over it. If I had known 4 years ago how long it was going to take and what I had to endure, I would have fed the dog batteries the first time it escaped.
posted by myselfasme at 7:29 AM on May 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


IANAL Call the police. File a report. You were attacked by an out of control dog. You may very well get some compensation, probably not a lot, because this happened when the dog was at home, so the owner of the property has liability and likely has homeowner's insurance. But you should get enough to cover vet & medical expenses. Insurance companies get court records, including small claims court, and are likely to address the issue of the unmanaged dog, whether or not the police will.

It's really rotten of the owners, and sadly, not uncommon.
posted by theora55 at 1:24 PM on May 20, 2012


You MUST call the police. In many municipalities, that initiates a chain of events that requires multiple expenditures and hoops to be jumped through by the owners (provided they are cited).

Animal control says I can submit a report and the lady would have to appear in front of a judge but she'd only get fined for a loose dog since no humans were bleeding from the bites.

Animal control are not the police, so ignore their opinion, and let the police do their job.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:07 AM on May 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


Call the police, file a report.
Take dogs to vet.
Go to Dr. for you.
Keep all receipts. . .
Once everythings been filed, reported and taken care of, demand that the other owner pay for everything.
If they give him any grief, pursue legal action.
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