I just want to let everyone know that at first I was friends with these people, they promised it would never happen again. Since then they would have the dog chained around the tree in their yard. The neighbor said that she had put the dog out real quick because her mother came and she forgot to put the dog on the chain. Also that there was no hole, the fence was not bent, or anything that would show me a sign of easy access to get out. The first time it happened my mother was outside with my lab. There is no possbile way I could have possibly gotten back inside before that dog bit me our my little angel. I hate that I can't even have my new dog go outside, I am trying to liter box train him. It doesn't matter. Like one person said It is my responsibility to make sure my dog does not get out of my yard and theres to do the same. Some of you said some things that really crushed my heart :( I loved that dog so much and for some of you to say is my fault is just kind of coldhearted.........................................................
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
so very sorry for your loss. i am also sorry you got some insensitive replies. i am quite sure that, had they been in your shoes, they would not have appreciated some of the remarks that were handed out. however maybe it will help you to realize some things that can happen and now you can be better prepared with your new dog.
i for one, would have never in a million years thought a hawk, or similiar type of bird, would actually come and carry off a very small dog or puppy. not having a small dog myself i don't have to worry about it. but if i ever do get a small breed it is something that i will keep in mind to keep my dog safe.
so even if some of the replies were not exactly what you had desired, more often than not, they contained information that will not only be helpful to you in the future, but to others as well.
again, i am very sorry about your little chihuahua.
hiya my name is danielle my friend i think had the same problem and she is very sorry for the mistake she had made but her prblem wasent about the dog it was about her rabbit and her dog i know its not nice but he attacked it and he had to finnish the finnishing touches by eating the rabbit and so it i think the dog got put down it was very horrible and she was very upset at her dogs behavior and eveyone should learn from there mistakes. so keep your chin up high and dont let it affect you bye
Again, I'm sorry for your loss. It was not your fault. Please follow thru with animal control and the police, as these neighbors promises mean nothing and who knows who or what animal will be the next victim.
hiya my name is danielle my friend i think had the same problem and she is very sorry for the mistake she had made but her prblem wasent about the dog it was about her rabbit and her dog i know its not nice but he attacked it and he had to finnish the finnishing touches by eating the rabbit and so it i think the dog got put down it was very horrible and she was very upset at her dogs behavior and eveyone should learn from there mistakes. so keep your chin up high and dont let it affect you bye. - written by attitude _____________________________________________________
I am very disappointed in your friend. I think it is absurd that she would have her dog put down for killing and then eating a rabbit!!! What did she expect? Dogs are carnivorous and although training goes a long way to ensure that such things do not happen some dogs simply have a high prey drive and can NEVER EVER be trusted with prey animals!!! I hate to say it but it was your friend's fault in having complete trust in her dog. The same thing happened to me 4 years ago. I had a rabbit in the lounge area and one of my dogs had hidden behind the sofa and I didn't know that so when I went to another section of the house for a short while and shut the doors soon after I was sure that the rabbit was 100% safe, little did I know that a dog had hidden and then killed the rabbit which was only a baby. I blamed myself and still do as I should have been more careful in ensuring that no dog had hidden! I know that we are only humans and we do make mistakes but leaving a dog alone with a rabbit is not a human error but simply sheer stupidity. What did your friend expect? for her dog to become a vegetarian?
PP6, don't be hurt by comments that were made in relation to your thread. It may sound like you were being held responsible for what happened by the other posters and me included but what happened to you could happen to anyone, as you said you couldn't have predicted that your neighbour was going to forget to tie her dog up and you only let your dog out for a brief period, stuff happens unfortunately. SOme of us may have taken steps to be a little more careful but there are times in a person's life when you feel that everything will be okay and what could possibly go wrong in a few minutes in one's own backyard? It was just a tragic event and I hope that your neighbour has learnt something by this, I would do everything possible to make sure that that dog is forced to be kept in an enclosure or that they spend some money to make sure that their dog is kept in at all times, it is their dog and their responsibility and, friends or no friends, I would take the matter to court and make sure that they pay for the monetary value of the dog so that you are able to purchase another one and also for whatever is required to ensure that the dog does not dig his way in ever again!
Be strong and please don't just sit back and let this slide by, take action for the memory of your precious little dog and for the safety of your labrador.
I apologize, as I am sure my comment was one of the ones that you did not find to be very nice. I am not saying it was your fault. Actually, it's pretty pathetic that you have to be constantly on guard while having your dogs outside, due to the neighbor's dog. I guess your yard is fenced? If it is, I did not realize that. I just don't like it when people send their dogs outside into an unfenced yard, unsupervised. You never know what could happen.
Scout - Boy you're not kidding about the hawk thing- that's how we lost our skunk. I had her outside with me in the yard and I ran into the house for 30 seconds to grab the cordless phone and that was all it took. We had seen a hawk hanging out in an old tree in the field behind us, but I never imagined it would come into my yard. Months later a hawk tried to take my sister-in-laws chi. She walked outside in time to scare it off and it let go of her chi. The chi did have to go to the vet though because it had cut her neck. She made it though. Needless to say, none of our doxies pups are allowed outside without human supervision.
this is a very sad story. I'm not big on Chihuahuas but I do believe in the right to feel safe in the sanctuary of your own yard. I also know of a similar story... my grandpa had this long haired Chihuahua named coco that he loved very dearly. the neighbors had a pit and one day their dog was running down the street and coco thinking he was standing his ground since the dog had pushed his nose against my grandparents fence, coco found an opening and ran after this large dog. he was bitten severely and didnt make it through the night. it was the first time i ever seen him cry. we were all upset over the accident and my grandparents went to the owners and kindly asked them to keep the dog confined to their yard. They simply told us they didn't care what we thought and unfortunately because of this my grandparents ended up in this awful neighbor battle where they called animal control every time they seen the dog out. Animal control warned this family several times but never took any action until a child on the street was bitten and then the pit was put down. What I'm getting at is these owners should of kept better eye on they're dog or trained him better. most animals tied up and not treated right from the begging can show aggression, which isn't any thing to play around with. I now have a lab/pit mix and he is treated as a baby. kennel trained and we treat him apart of the family. hes only outside when I'm outside and I spend several or more hours a day playing with him and introducing him to other animals and people. he swims at the dog beach and makes frequent trip to pet smart. I mean I don't think its the breed or really the dogs fault but your neighbors should take better care of their animal or just shouldn't own one. I'm sorry for your loss and do not see how this could have been your fault what so ever. you should be able to let your pup out to potty. I too sometimes stand at the door in the AM while my pup runs out to do his business. I don't think its wrong of you to contact animal control and keep an eye on the dog next door. I would consider it neglect to not care for him properly and I would be worried this could happen to a child or any humane who accidentally happens to come across this pit. tread carefully and good luck to you.