This Sunday my little rat terrier/poodle mix was bitten by our neighbors dog. The neigbors dog got ahold of her front paw and completly ripped it off. We rusher her to the ER vet. Animal Control came and we told them that we werent too sure exactly what had happened b/c we just rushed straight to the ER and they said that it becomes a property line issue. When we got home we checked thing over and I found my poor little babys paw (about 3 1/2 inches of it) in the neigbors yard. Since we have found out that she also has a bad broken leg, so my vet said the best thing would be to take her leg so now she will be a 3 legged dog. I understand that this wasnt intentional from there dog but they do not feel responsible in any way. Should they be?? I am having a real hard time with this she is my baby and I will do what ever it takes for her but should they be a little resposible????
In many communities, there are 'dangerous dog' notices issued when something like this happens. The owner of the attacker is then held more accountable if it happens again. This means the rules about securing that dog are more serious and the fines and consequences can be more serious if it happens again. I think the police are probably required to take a report. But for any financial recompense, you'll probably have to go to small claims court.
Still biting a paw off is very serious.. a dogs mouth is as sensitiv as our hands are. Even if the dog ran on instinct it shouldn't bite like that the first bite. I saw a pitbull drag an akita puppy (13 weeks old) by the paw and just broke the leg, hadn't luke jumped in thoe and attacked the pitt it probably would've done more damage (long story).. And this was still a very large pittbull. I would talk to the nieghbors about maybe putting a muzzle on there dog while it's outdoors. Even if it is a nice dog it still has hurt another dog and they should take responsibility for there dogs actions, and it's up to them to make sure it doesn't ever happen again. I'm very sorry that this happend, I hope everything goes well with you, the nieghbors and specially your pup.
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.
I am sorry that this happened to you and your puppy. It depends on what type of dog it was that attacked yours but if it was what is called a "BANNED BREED" and there is a list including rotties dobies akita pits dalmations sharpei chows ect...if it was one of those you can contact the neighbor's homeowner's or renter's insurance (if they have any) and not only will they pay but they will fine the owner themselves and drop them.....we know this because we went through it about a year ago...I don't know if it will help but you may want to look into it