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Old 04-22-2011, 02:29 PM
 
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My husband was walking our dogs on a lead when two small dogs jumped out of a parked car in their owner's driveway and attacked my dogs. In the confusion of restraining the dogs from the fight, the owner of the unleased dogs got bitten. He now wants my husband to pay for all medical costs of his dogs attacking my dogs. Should we pay??
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: FL
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Don't think you have a choice since your dog did the biting.
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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My husband was walking our dogs on a lead when two small dogs jumped out of a parked car in their owner's driveway and attacked my dogs. In the confusion of restraining the dogs from the fight, the owner of the unleased dogs got bitten. He now wants my husband to pay for all medical costs of his dogs attacking my dogs. Should we pay??
Why should you pay. Your dogs were leashed. If the owner of the unleashed dogs HAD his dogs leashed, this wouldn't have happened. It his own fault he was bit.
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:22 PM
 
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My husband was walking our dogs on a lead when two small dogs jumped out of a parked car in their owner's driveway and attacked my dogs. In the confusion of restraining the dogs from the fight, the owner of the unleased dogs got bitten. He now wants my husband to pay for all medical costs of his dogs attacking my dogs. Should we pay??
I might be confused, but who's dog bit the human? Did your dog do the biting?

Regardless, it seems like the owner of the other dogs didn't have them under control so if you have leash laws, he stands to lose more than you do if you make a stink about this. If your dog did the biting, but his dog's provoked the situation, it seems like you could all just walk away and take care of your own issues.
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:37 PM
 
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My husband was walking our dogs on a lead when two small dogs jumped out of a parked car in their owner's driveway and attacked my dogs. In the confusion of restraining the dogs from the fight, the owner of the unleased dogs got bitten. He now wants my husband to pay for all medical costs of his dogs attacking my dogs. Should we pay??
No, don't pay anything! Your dog was on a lead and his weren't!

If your husband was out in the street or walking down the sidewalk, then the homeowner is at fault for not controlling his dogs. In civil court, you only need to prove that it was 51% their fault to win, and having loose dogs sure sounds alot like their fault. If they press the issue, consult a lawyer.
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:48 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Why should you pay. Your dogs were leashed. If the owner of the unleashed dogs HAD his dogs leashed, this wouldn't have happened. It his own fault he was bit.
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I might be confused, but who's dog bit the human? Did your dog do the biting?

Regardless, it seems like the owner of the other dogs didn't have them under control so if you have leash laws, he stands to lose more than you do if you make a stink about this. If your dog did the biting, but his dog's provoked the situation, it seems like you could all just walk away and take care of your own issues.
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No, don't pay anything! Your dog was on a lead and his weren't!

If your husband was out in the street or walking down the sidewalk, then the homeowner is at fault for not controlling his dogs. In civil court, you only need to prove that it was 51% their fault to win, and having loose dogs sure sounds alot like their fault. If they press the issue, consult a lawyer.

yes, yes and yes^^^^

not a dime to that person....
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:13 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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If the owner's dogs were leashed, as they should have been, it never would have happened in the first place. Explain that he/she will also end up paying YOUR court and lawyer fees, plus compensation for the time & energy you'd have to spend preparing and going to court, as well as those medical bills...there may even be a fine for having their dogs off-leash, depending on what the laws in your area are.

The fact that this person allowed little dogs to put themselves in danger this way really makes me mad...if it had been a loose, prey-driven dog they attacked they might have been seriously injured or killed. You'd think this would be a wake-up call for the owner to be more careful...sheesh!
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:38 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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What state are you in? See if you can get some legal advice. I was sued in the state of California for a dog bite and it cost me 1500 bucks just for a retainer. The lady claimed to have fell on the fence and claimed our dog got her mouth through the fence and bit her. She had nothing but a "superficial scrape" according to the ER documents but she and her attorney were claiming everything from a wrist injury to anything else they could come up with.
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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I would have gotten the ball rolling by calling animal control on his dogs if it were me.

As for get a penny from you ? Not a hope.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Everything depends on the laws in your area. If the gentleman who was bitten wishes to pursue this, then I would consult with a lawyer before you decide to do anything.
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