ok so yesterday my dog bit a little boy that walk up onto our front porch. My dog was chained up and my boyfriend was inside. She bit him on the back of the leg and the little boy fell down. There were no serious injurys. The parents were not upset, in fact they were more upset with the boy because he wasn't even supposed to be outside. Now they want to take him to the hospital and want us to pay for it. Do you think that we should pay all of the bill or only part?
Most states have strict liability laws concerning dogs. Even in the situation you describe. Simply put this means you are responsible for the bills. If you have homeowner's insurance or renter's insurance. Please notify your agent immediately concerning this matter.
This bite incident will probably be reported to the authorities. You will have to prove that your dog was properly vaccinated or your dog will be quarantined.
Also if your dog bites again civil damages could be doubled or trippled (if the case goes to court) depending on your location.
Also in Wisconsin children under the age of 7 can not be found negligent. I know this varies from state to state.
I'm from Wisconsin and this state takes dog bites very seriously.
***Edited By: irishacres on 9/13/2007 11:23:13 AM*** Reason: add
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
I would feel responsible in a way b/c it was a child, but then again, the dog was not loose, and was on her property. So, my suggestion is to call the Animal Control ppl and see what the laws are regarding that, and also you may want to call an attorney and just ask. Couldnt hurt for your piece of mind. But most likely the dog will have to be quarantined. Where I live, they quarantine even if you have proof of vaccs, and it is at your expense. I know, here where I am,,if the animal is in their own yard, they are not liable. Now, if she chased the child down,,well, that's another story.
Oh man, ya it would help to know what kind of breed your dog is. Where I'm from they put dogs down for just a knip. I hate it, but unfortunatley that's our law, cruel. Your dog was just protecting it's property and probably you too and , with him being tied up dogs seem to get even more eggressive because of the confinement. But, from my point of view, I can't see where you are in the wrong if your dog was not attacking and did't break the skin. The questions the judge will ask is detailed to prove your point.
I have a little kitten that's 5 mnts old and he's a Flame Point Balinese/Manx. Oh, what a hotty he is and he knows it too. He does back flips when he's not flipping his toys, he'll tap you with his
In my opinion, as stated before... the dog was on HER property AND leashed. I don't see where they have a case. The only case I see is child neglect considering the little boy was out, on your porch, and they didn't even know it until the dog bit.
I would start making some calls. My AB has bit the same person twice. He jumped our fence twice and both times he was bit. Cops were called both times, but because he jumped my fence and my dog was secure in a fenced in area she was not running loose I held no responsibility.
Secondly why was this child outside unattended? How old was the boy? If he was on your porch and his parents didn't know I would like to know how responsable these parents are.
If I were in your shoes and you feel as though you want to help them only pay a % of the bill do NOT pay the whole time. Your dog was leashed in your property he came into your property.
I wouldn't feel sorry for the kid because he was bit I would feel sorry for him because he doesn't have responsable parents.
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I agree I don't think that we should have to pay the full hospital bill, they want to take the boy there because they want to get him a rabies shot. which my dog doesn't have rabies. and is actually supposed to go get all of her shots updated tomorrow! I live in MO. and there are no dog bite statues.
Chaining a dog tends to make them more territorial. Chaining him to your front porch was an accident waiting to happen. Pay the childs medical bills and be greatful that they are not suing you, as you would be held liable regardless of wether it happened on your property or not.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
First of all, the fact the parents want to get the kid a rabies shot shows the type of parents they are. It is not just one shot, it is a series of shots. They are more painful than any dog bite. Second, these shots are required only if the animal cannot be found or the animal shows signs of being rabid.When I was a kid, I went through these shots, 21 at the time. Now they have reduced it to a series of seven shots. Also, why take the kid to the hospital instead of just seeing a family doctor? It is about 4 times as expensive.
First she wasn't tied the the porch she was in garage, but the chain was long enough to reach the steps.
This happened yesterday afternoon and the parents were not mad at all and said that their son deserved it for sneaking out of the house. Then they came back in the evening and said they were thinking about taking the boy to the hospital and wanted to know if we would pay for it. and I haven't heard anything else.
Sherinco, I know your dog doesn't have rabies, but giving you my opinion anyhow. In Michigan there are very very serious penalities for dog bites. At the least if your dog is not up on his shots, (which is the first thing the parents should have asked and the first thing the hospital WILL ask) they will put him in quarentine, get his shots, fine you and make you pay for the vet, and the shots not to mention the medical bills.
I second Irish, call your home owners insurance immediately and let them handle it.
Good luck, I feel you are really going to need it.
Let us know
PS Children under I believe age 8 at least here, are not held responsible a dog is a magnet to kids.
IMO,,you need to make some phone calls. As far as I know, and correct me if I am wrong, but no one on here is an attorney. You need to find the info you need from someone that knows EXACTLY what may/may not happen.
I feel for the child,,kids just want to play. But, the parents should be held responsible also. For any child to get bit is horrible.
IMHO this child was asking for trouble. You don't just walk up on a house with a pup out front and think nothing of it. He was asking for trouble by tresspassing with out any parental supervision or knowledge. The pup was only doing what training and instinct tell it to do which is to protect what's his..property and family. He did so and now he's being punished???? craziness...... I also blame those irrisponsable parents for not properly watching thier child. I don't let mine out of the house w/out knowing where they are at all times!!!! even more craziness.... BUT i do think you are lucky those parents are suing you and taking you to court and worse..having your dog pts. I think before you do anything you should consult your homeowners insurance and maybe look into talking to an attorny. They could probably answer just about any question you might have. I hope everything goes well for you and works out in the end. Thankfully it wasn't worse than it is!!!
PS--How old is the child???And did the bite break the skin???
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