Oh my gosh, I know you must be a basket case. Poor little Riley, I hope and pray he will be okay. I know your landlord must feel horrible. Maybe he will help with some of the bill, I think he should. Actually, , he should pay it for you. Prayers going up for little Riley.
OMG Ashley.........I just logged on and just saw this and I freaked out. I am so sorry to hear this happened. I am in shock myself Well wishes and strength sent your way!!! I can't believe it. I see the new topic you posted above this so I will read it now hoping for good news...HUGS
Why would the landlord be at all responsible? Riley dog jumps from the car, presumably unrestrained, and gets in the way of a moving vehicle.
The truth hurts, but from what I've read, the landlord is not the bad guy in this (and has absolutely no moral responsibility with regard to the cost of fixing Riley dog's injuries), he is a victim, same as Riley dog. Had LOR had Riley under control when exiting the car this preventable accident would not have happened. I'm glad Riley is going to be okay, but I hope LOR learns a lesson from this. If one chooses to take the risk of allowing one's dog to be off leash and unrestrained, one must be ready to suffer the consequences if that risk doesn't pay off. That's what LOR is doing now, suffering the consequences.
Strong words, I know, but I can't help but feel bad for both Riley dog and the landlord. I also feel bad for LOR, but a lesson learned is knowledge one can bank on in the future.
While I don't disagree that Riley should have been restrained - in the same respect... if the same thing had happened - but it was a child, the landlord would be held responsible. You are supposed to be in control of your vehicle at all times and aware of everything going on around you.
That being said - it sounds like it was an accident - period. A very, very unfortunate accident and one that hopefully Riley will recup from just fine.
It would have been nice if the Landlord had offered assistance in one way or another... and who knows... perhaps it will happen yet....
I dont intend to bash LOR or make her feel bad or cause a 9 page post. But I do hope that a lesson is learned from this horrible "accident". Not to long ago a poster was bashed to the ground about being a bad mother and pet owner because of an "accident", and if I'm not mistaken several people jumped on this bandwagon with LOR. Now you have first hand experience with what it is like to be in the other persons shoes. I am sure you only had your eyes off of your sweet precious Riley for a mater of seconds and look what happened! I dont know, does this make you a bad person. Next time someone makes a mistake or a poor choice in judgement maybe you wont be so quick to demoralize, humiliate, criticize, disrespect and all around judge someone. Think next time how you would feel if you were in his/her shoes, and act with understanding, respect and compasion please.Someone posted that maybe there is a higher meaning for Riley perhaps it is to help you to become a more well rounded human. I do hope that Riley is doing well and that you are both in good health and spirits now.
Umm it happened in my driveway, not on the road. Riley is never leashed in my yard. Nor should he have to be, it is his house. From the way the truck was stopped on top of him it almost looked like he fell in front of the truck (he was on his back) but I didn't see, it all happened within a couple seconds.
And newpom, I NEVER told firegirl she was a bad mother. EVER, You must be confused.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 8/23/2006 5:00:56 PM*** Reason: *
Accidents happen, even in your own yard and I'm sorry but my dogs are on a leash every time they go out my front door no matter what,And I live a mile from any road. I guess as a parent we learn that you never take a chance that something isnt going to go bad even if its right out your front door. Like I said in my earlier post I am not here to judge you you are capable of doing that yourself I just hope that you learned from you mistake.
From what we know, the landlord was in control of his vehicle and was aware of everything around him, until Riley dog darted out of nowhere.
I have to say I disagree. I don't believe the landlord would have been held responsible even if it were a child, in that I don't think the landlord would have been criminally charged, as long as the landlord was in full control (had a license, not drunk or drugged, etc.).
I also don't think it irresponsible of the landlord not to offer financial assistance, if that is the type of assistance you (sonjavon) are referring to, just as I don't think financial assistance would be morally justified if the victim were a child in this situation.
A child is different than a dog in the way they think. A child knows about moving vehicles, a dog, generally, doesn't. If a child is so young (say 1-3 years old) as to not know about moving vehicles, he/she should not be wandering around unsupervised/unrestrained when there is a moving or about-to-move vehicle in the vicinity. I know, in that type of situation, when my child was very young, I'd either be holding his hand or scooping him up to carry him, not letting him go unrestrained.
Had this happened to me, I wouldn't even consider accepting financial assistance from the landlord, even if it was offered. In fact, I'd be apologizing to him for the fact that I let my dog out of my car unrestrained which caused him the heartache of hitting the dog.
It's good to hear differing opinions, though, sonjavon.
LOR, it doesn't matter where it happened. An unrestrained dog is an unrestrained dog. There is always a risk. Everytime Riley dog is unrestrained, whether in your yard or out and about, you are taking a risk. You must be ready to accept the consequences of the risk not panning out in your favor. Always. I take my dog out, unrestrained, at night, into the 300+ acres behind my house. I take him out at night because he's more likely to stay around me 'cause he doesn't seem to like the dark much. I accept the risk that, dark or not, he'll bolt. I accept the risk that if he does bolt, he could very well end up in a dire situation. To me, it is an acceptable risk. Why not keep Riley dog restrained when coming back from a walk until you're certain the coast is clear? Your risk becomes less then.
Imsdac, yes, it was an accident, yet I felt I had to speak up when I read about people implying the landlord was at fault. Also, there's always someone at fault in an accident...just ask your insurance company.
I do feel bad for ALL concerned and am glad that Riley dog is going to be okay, but feel that it is not landlord's responsibility to pay for any part Riley dog's injuries, whether it happened in LOR's driveway or on a city street.