On December 10th, 2006 I let my dog out to go pody. I do not go outside with him because since it is cold, he goes and comes right back to the door to come in. About five minuites later the next door neighbor comes pounding on the door and tells me that their Pitbull came from under the fence and killed my dog. I rushed him to the vet but he died at 5PM that day. This is the second time their dog has gotten loose and bit one of our dogs. Last time is was our black lab, he got bit in the leg. But he is ok now. Well I had called the police and made a report and the police was supposed to meet up with me to follow up. Then I met with them that night to see if they would pay for all my costs (vet bills and the cost of my dog) outside of court. When I met with them, they were very upset when I told them I made a police report, and said they will pay for everthing if I don't follow through with it. Then that next morning she had called me and told me she paid for the vet bill by CC but she felt like she shouldn't have to pay for the cost of my dog because I wasn't outside with him. After I got off the phone with her I thought to myself what if I was outside, how would I have prevented it? I mean these People have ropes tied to tree's so the dogs clamp onto them and they stand next to em sayin, "kill em". Also the dog has to have a chain on in a fenced yard for it not to get out. So I decided then that I was going to follow through with the police report, but since then they said since I didn't see anthing that they can't do anything about it. Does anyone think that I could take them to court and still sue for the cost of my dog ($400, very cheap for a chihuahua) and Maybe like $ 1000 for emotionl distress. I miss him so much I brought this dog EVERYWHERE; friends house, target, graduation partys I mean everywhere and I got a new dog since but he is so different from Peanut. PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK
***Edited By: Prettyplatinum6 on 1/24/2007 5:43:14 PM*** Reason: .
I am sorry for your loss. I think you can sue them in small claims for the vet bills, the cost of the dog and court costs. I don't think you can get emotional distress. Did they pay for the bite on your Lab? If not, add that onto your lawsuit.
Also, follow thru on the police report and animal control. These dogs are dangerous and the owners are obviously irresponsible idiots. I would not want to be the one that did not report them and they injured a human at some point in the future, not to mention how many other dogs might be injured or killed by these dogs.
***Edited By: barligirl on 1/24/2007 5:19:58 PM*** Reason: add
there are no witnesses except the owner of the pit bull. I can assure you that he will not admit he told you that in court unless there was someone in the house with you that heard him (& saw him) tell you.
While you should have a certain expectation of safety in your own yard IF it is fenced, it is just plain irresponsible to let any dog go outside unsupervised, especially a tiny one. You could not have been standing there watching either or the neighbor would not have had to come get you. You apparently didn't even hear anything.
Birds of prey also swoop & grab small dogs & cats - so if not the dog, a bird could have gotten her.
Did you report the first attack? I would certainly make sure that any other violations are reported.
I feel very sorry for your little dog but this was avoidable. Had you been out there you could have grabbed the dog & gotten her inside as soon as you saw the pit trying to get under the fence. It sounds like your fence needs some attention too.
I think you may have to take what was offered, unless there are some very credible witnesses.
I agree with everything that Barligirl has said; go for it and don't let anything change your mind! The fact that they have already paid for vet fees is a clear indication that they are guilty. They should, by right, have to pay for the chihuahua as well. I am so sorry for what you have had to endure, I wish you all the best of luck and keep us posted.
Franpoo said that it's unfortunate that it has to be yet another pitbull - I'm sure they can be sweet to their owners BUT the sooner people are going to realise that they ARE dog aggressive the better; these dogs should be kept in an enclosure if there is the slightest risk they can manage their way out and attack or kill other animals. I can't help but get the impression that too many excuses are made for these dogs and although I do not agree that pitbulls ought to be banned I do believe that it's well about time that stricter control laws are put into place.
***Edited By: Soulmate on 1/24/2007 10:38:36 PM*** Reason: add
I had a similar problem with neighbors that moved in next door to me with a pitbull. It jumped the fence and attacked my lab. He ended up with a premanent limp. The animal control did NOTHING because I didn't witness it and the owners wouldn't admit it. My yard looked like a murder scene, and their pit was chewed up around it's face. Not enough evidence for them. We moved a month after it happened to avoid it happening again. Something is wrong when you have to move to protect what's yours...
I took the quiz, I got it right, but then I used to have a couple of pits.
HH, I disagree. If I have a fence that contains my dog, why is it my responsibility to build a fence to keep out the neighbors dog? It is his job to keep his dog in his own yard, not mine.
Why the OP let his dog out alone after the first incident? I don't know, but it is his right to let his dog out in his own yard. Perhaps if he had followed thru on the first time, this would not have happened.
The OP has not returned, a one post wonder just stirring the pot? :)
Hi eveyrone I just joined tonight. It sounds like your neighbors are training their dogs to kill. People like that make the pit bull breed sound horrible. I have found out different. If your neighbors had any other breed of dog they could end up the same way. They are irresponsible. The dogs are being dogs. They don't know different. The owners do. Most bad dogs had bad or ignorant owners. I have 2 Bernese Mountain dogs and 2 pitt bulls. They are both sweethearts. They took some training though. They are a very strong willed breed. One of the pit bulls thought she could kill all my ducks/geese. It took time and a lot of training. She totally ignores them now. My dogs have never bit anyone. My other pit bull is a sweetheart has never done anything bad. That being said, doesn't give anyone the right to keep dogs that will attack anyone or other animals. Especially when they can get loose. I am surprised the police have not had the dog officer out to check on the condition and to meet the dogs. I hate it when dogs suffer at the hands of humans! The dog loses out in the long run. You might need to make a trench under your fence and add some cement. I am very sorry for your loss. They are a very strong breed and could dig a hole under your fence in no time. I think I would have been outside with the dog especially after the first attack. Having the fence gave you a false sence of security and I am sure if you knew what may happen you would have been out with your dog and probably attacked also. I would be happy if the owners of the dog paid for anything. You might look up the laws of your city/town to find out if they are even supposed to have pit bulls. Truly sorry for your loss, it must have been a horrible tragic shock. I hope your pup didn't suffer. People like that give pit bulls a bad name. It's too bad too because most are sweet dogs. whimzy & : )
Make an enclosure that these dogs can't get out of....how about also making laws that there should be containment for dog that others can't get INTO.
It's not one-sided. And it's not excuses for the breed. It's common sense, that both sides need to change certain things, whether it be owners, or in your post, enclosures. - Written by Husky Hauler. _________________________________________________
HH - yes I agree, owners of all dogs should make sure that their dog/s cannot get out. I would have been paranoid after one incident and I would have made sure that there was no way in hell that THAT dog was able to come back in again, forewarned is forearmed but by the same token I would have expected that the owners pay for whatever is necessary to prevent their own dog from digging his way in since it is obvious that they can't be bothered in doing any work themselves in order to keep their dog in!!! Having said this though, sometimes humans do make an error in judgment when it comes to making sure that certain dogs have no way of getting out and that is why I feel that when it comes to a high risk dog that an enclosure would and should be necessary, you can never be too sure with some dogs and I am not referring to any specific breed.
Chaining a dog is not the way to resolve these issues and it only makes a dog more aggressive; a spacious enclosure is a better solution and for the dog to be part of the family and not left outside 24/7.
***Edited By: Soulmate on 1/25/2007 2:32:19 AM*** Reason: added
I disagree HH, It isn't the same.... sad that you're trying to compare the two together. It is the owners responsibility to have a fenced area for their dog, not to have Fort Knox, because they have irresponsible neighbors.
And just MO.....if that would of happened to me and my dog, I would have went right over and put that dog to sleep myself. Call me what you will, but there is no way that I would let that dog live another day, being that it took my furbaby's life. And to make it worse the police aren't even doing anything about it.....URGH.
It would have been nighty-night for the pitbull if it was me. Sorry, but that's just how I feel. An eye for an eye.
The way I see it, that could have been my kid playing in the yard.
First of all, Im really sorry for your loss of your chihuahua..... You must be devistated. However, I'm also sorry to tell you that this might have been a little of your own fault.
"I do not go outside with him because since it is cold" You bring him EVERYWHERE but you don't bring him to potty just because it's cold? It sounds like you love your dog enough to stand in the cold for 5 mins, why didn't you? Please learn from your mistakes.
Sorry about your Chi, you have every right to be flaming mad. I can tell you that the reason they don't want the police involved are that they are training their pitbulls for dogfighting. That is probably why the chi was killed so quickly.
No one else has ropes hanging from trees-- which is part of strength training for dog fighting. These neighors shouldn't have dogs and their dogs should probably be put down. If they are trained to 'kill' things.
I also think some one is responisble to keep their animals in and safe on thier property and it is 100% the neighbors fault if they didn't do the same.
There is always something that can get through a fence if it really wants something bad enough. I think it is pretty crappy every one blaming some one for letting out a dog on their own fenced property. I agree with people who say that the payment of vet bills is an admission of liablity. Call the State Police and animal control. Good luck.
Oh my gosh that is terrible! I am really sorry I don't know what I would ever do w/out my miny poodle. She probably would have tried to put up a fight w/ that pitbull or she would have come to me. well I am really sorry how are you doing know since it has been a lil over a month know. If it were me I wouldn't be able to get over it. I think you should take that person to court. GOOD LUCK.
umm that pit bull should be put to sleep if its that dangerous!!!!! I would fight until they give you what you deserve! I hate people who dont control there agressive dogs! I have a Chi. I am so sorry for your loss
i am SO sorry, my two dogs were killed by a car one 12/24/06 (my little Yorkie ,poor Sheba!)and if that was not devastating enough on Chridtmas morning my neighbor told me they saw a car kill my Labrador(my boy cody!) the next week my husband bought me two dogs,a Yorkie,and a Border Collie. But they will NEVER be like Cody and Sheba!