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Posted: 9/9/2004 10:39:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2004 12:59:53 PM EST by VTHOKIESHOOTER]
I just took my dogs out for a walk and my golden retriever just bit my neighbor! The neighbor said that he will only be satisfied if the dog is destroyed. What should I do? I am expecting the Cops any minute.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:41:02 AM EST
Need more info. Leash? What were the circumstances of the bite?
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:42:04 AM EST
I hope your dog has a bullet proof vest...
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:42:13 AM EST
Unless you can prove a current rabies shot, they will kill the dog to verify no infection regardless of what you or your neighbor think...
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:42:32 AM EST
Accuse him of hitting your dog.

Or plant some kiddie porn on his property.

Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:43:10 AM EST
Some more details would help. Has the dog bitten anyone before? Why did he bite the neighbor? Was he on a leash? It may be a good idea to contact your local police department and find out about any city or state laws regarding this kind of incident. Then contact a lawyer.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:43:29 AM EST
Keep quiet, admit to nothing, lawyer up RIGHT NOW!
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:43:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By LvFreeRDie:
I hope your dog has a bullet proof vest...



that's just coldblooded
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:44:19 AM EST
Take your dog and hide him.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:44:22 AM EST
When I take them out to pee I hardly ever use a leash unless there are other animals around that they might chase. As soon as I opened the door the neighbor was walking buy and the dog just went at him. This dog has never hurt anyone and I don't understand why he did it. The guy got bit right in the ass.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:44:25 AM EST
Put the neighbor down instead.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:44:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By DriftPunch:
Unless you can prove a current rabies shot, they will kill the dog to verify no infection regardless of what you or your neighbor think...



They may just let you KEEP him LOCKED inside, or in a cage. Not to make contact with anyone ever again - exept the owner.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:44:36 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2004 10:46:07 AM EST by Knight_Shadow]
most area do not put down dogs on the first bite. you will want to check your local laws. try calling your vet. they might help you.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:44:56 AM EST
the best advice that one can give with this little information is not to say a thing and don't let anyone in your home without a warrant. good luck
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:45:15 AM EST
lawyer up.

accusing him of hitting your dog, well, dunno...
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:45:18 AM EST

Originally Posted By DriftPunch:
Unless you can prove a current rabies shot, they will kill the dog to verify no infection regardless of what you or your neighbor think...



That is no problem.....
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:45:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2004 10:47:44 AM EST by motown_steve]
Shoot the neighbor!

ETA...

Take the dog to your mother/mother in law/best friend's house before the fuzz arrives, then call a lawyer and don't tell the cops anything!
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:45:46 AM EST
Did it draw blood? Tear his pants?

Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:45:46 AM EST
This might have some good info, I don't know, I just found it:

Dog Bite Law
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:45:47 AM EST
You say "I had the dog on a lease, walking him/her down the street, when this guy came running out of his house screaming at me and the dog not to shit in his yard anymore"... that freaked me out, and my dog saw this, and his/her immediate reaction was to protect her master"....

... and the dog was NOT in his yard... it was in the public street when the guy came RUNNING at me with arms flailing!!!
-that'll get you off.
(oh, and tell the cop that he's had a 'history' of yelling at people)... and that the whole neighborhood knows him as a problem....
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:45:47 AM EST
did the bite break the skin on his ass?
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:47:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By Mall-Ninja:
lawyer up.

accusing him of hitting your dog, well, dunno...



I can't and will not do that.

It was completely my fault and I should have had the dog on the leash.
To be honest I am more upset that my dog did that. Right now he is locked in the bed room. I am so fucking pissed at him that I can't see straight.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:47:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2004 10:48:55 AM EST by repub18]
Im sorry but if I was your neighbor I would probably feel the same way
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:47:48 AM EST
What do you think he meant when he said he would only be satisfied if the dog was put down? Is he talking legal action, or killing your dog? Has he ever had contact with this dog before? Do you know this neighbor? How bad was the bite? Again, call a lawyer ASAP
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:47:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By bull_8:
did the bite break the skin on his ass?


Yes
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:47:57 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2004 10:50:00 AM EST by tcsd1236]

Originally Posted By DriftPunch:
Unless you can prove a current rabies shot, they will kill the dog to verify no infection regardless of what you or your neighbor think...


Not in NYS; the dog would be placed in quarantine.
Have your licensing and shot info on the dog available; research the dog laws in your area, which you should have done long ago anyway. After the fact is a bit late to know what rules you were / are expected to follow regarding control of your animal and any possible penalties.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:48:01 AM EST
Usually, The 1st and only bite is "free". The 2nd bite will cause the dog's destruction. That said, you locale may differ and the neighbor may still sue.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:49:07 AM EST
Oh shit here are the cops
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:49:48 AM EST

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:

Originally Posted By bull_8:
did the bite break the skin on his ass?


Yes



Get the dog out of the house NOW! Don't tell the police jack shit! Call a lawyer!
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:50:07 AM EST

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
Oh shit here are the cops



Good luck, you are going to need it!
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:50:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2004 10:50:51 AM EST by motown_steve]

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
Oh shit here are the cops



Don't let them in the house!

Admit nothing!

Demand a warrant!
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:50:38 AM EST
Learn from Randy in the other recent dogbite thread. Get your dog out of the county and their's nothing they can do.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:50:42 AM EST
My brothers dog bit his next door neighbor who was there paying his kids for cutting his grass.
They kept the dog for several days to insure no rabies were present. He got the dog back but it was a pain in the ass for him. BTW it was a 175lbs Great Dane that stood over 6' when on his hind legs......
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:51:17 AM EST
Say you gave the dog some non-prescribed meds (something that will affect his mental ability), and it affected his stability. You'll cease giving him the meds right away.

???

I suggest getting a lawyer and not saying anything in the first place.

Do you/anyone know your neighbor at all? Maybe you could talk to him?
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:51:56 AM EST
Dude, as an owner, it is up to you to restrain your animals in public. this means, leash. If I got bitten in that same circumstance, I would be pissed off too... just walking down the street and I hear a door open, and some dog comes running out and bites me? dude, rightfully, this was your fault... Tell the cops that you had a leash on in your yard, and he entered your yard to yell at you. Your dog was simply responding to hostel encounter, in his/her yard.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:52:27 AM EST

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:

Originally Posted By Mall-Ninja:
lawyer up.

accusing him of hitting your dog, well, dunno...



I can't and will not do that.

It was completely my fault and I should have had the dog on the leash.
To be honest I am more upset that my dog did that. Right now he is locked in the bed room. I am so fucking pissed at him that I can't see straight.




Do no tadmit fault, no matter you rpersonal feelings on this. Everyone knows it was your fault, don't worry. If there is a civil suit, you will pay much more with that admission on the record. Stay quiet, admit nothing. See what happens.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:53:17 AM EST

Wow, I'd really like an update. I hope they're not dragging his butt to jail!
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:53:27 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:54:10 AM EST

Originally Posted By hielo:

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:

Originally Posted By Mall-Ninja:
lawyer up.

accusing him of hitting your dog, well, dunno...



I can't and will not do that.

It was completely my fault and I should have had the dog on the leash.
To be honest I am more upset that my dog did that. Right now he is locked in the bed room. I am so fucking pissed at him that I can't see straight.




Do no tadmit fault, no matter you rpersonal feelings on this. Everyone knows it was your fault, don't worry. If there is a civil suit, you will pay much more with that admission on the record. Stay quiet, admit nothing. See what happens.



What he said!

Keep your mouth shut and let your lawyer do all the talking! Don't let the cops in the house, don't let them see the dog, don't let them do anything without a warrant!

Silence is the only option!
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:54:41 AM EST

Originally Posted By mike_of_austin:
Dude, as an owner, it is up to you to restrain your animals in public. this means, leash. If I got bitten in that same circumstance, I would be pissed off too... just walking down the street and I hear a door open, and some dog comes running out and bites me? dude, rightfully, this was your fault... Tell the cops that you had a leash on in your yard, and he entered your yard to yell at you. Your dog was simply responding to hostel encounter, in his/her yard.





FLIP FLOP who's side are you on?????
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:56:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By PONY_DRIVER:
Put the neighbor down instead.

+1

Put your dog out of the Locals' reach, immediately. Get the whole matter resolved.

Once it is done, get a camera system to catch that same neighbor when he later poisons your dog.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:57:22 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 11:00:09 AM EST
Regardless of the outcome of THIS case, your dog is now a "known biter" and if he EVER bites anyone again, you run the risk of losing everything.

IANAL / YMMV
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 11:00:12 AM EST
If they called the cops, then...not knowing your relationship with yur neighbor, it does seem strained. Why would they call the cops? Do you guys not get along to begin with. If you have a prick for a neighbor, your in for a bumpy ride. If their civil folks they should be able to tell your upset about the incident and should be able to let it go. But like I just said...if they already called the cops you prolly got trouble brewin...
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 11:00:12 AM EST
Sorry about your dog, but if someone's _______________ bites/attacks/comes on my property it is dead.

Course, I have livestock and live in the country. YMMV.

If you get to keep the dog alive I would consider this a very cheap lesson.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 11:00:19 AM EST
I am disgusted at some of the responses in this thread - suggesting accusing the neighbor of hitting the dog, making up lies about leashes and about the neighbors behavior, etc. I completely agree to NOT admit anything, and to use ANY legal avenue to keep your dog safe (and to get a lawyer if necessary), but some of this bullshit is depressing. Are there really SO MANY people on ar15.com that have no concept of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY and ACCOUNTABILITY?

The fact is that his dog attacked and bit a neighbor (seemingly completely unprovoked).


Hopefully it'll not escalate to lawyers, etc - and you'll just be required to keep him leashed in the future (and will probably get a warning the a second bite will result in him being taken away). I'm guessing and HOPING that the first bite is not something that can result in the dog being taken away - especially if you can document vaccinations.

Fingers crossed that everything will work out well !!!
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 11:02:40 AM EST

I hardly ever use a leash


Not good man. Most counties have local leash laws.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 11:02:46 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 11:02:52 AM EST
If it were me, I'd put my dog down post haste, and offer to pay for the medical attention.

I swore to my dog when she was a pup that one snarl or nip at the kids, or an angry bite at someone that didn't deserve it, and she would get deep sixed, with a bullet.

She isn't stupid. Her life is far too good to mess it up like that.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 11:03:00 AM EST
I guess it's too late, but you should have first removed your dog to a safe, undisclosed location.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 11:04:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2004 11:06:50 AM EST by PrivateJoker]
See if your Homeowners Insurance covers injuries from Dog Bites.
I doubt the Fuzz will put the dog down if this is a first time and it wasn't severe.

However the neighbor will do all he can to play it up, if your Homeowners insurance covers dog bites, it will save you lots of $$$ in BS medical expenses for the neighbor.

ETA:

The "one bite rule" derives from an ancient legal concept that essentially stated that "every dog is entitled to one bite." This meant two different things:

* A dog owner would not be held liable for the dog's first bite, unless the dog owner himself caused the bite through negligent, reckless or intentional conduct.
* On the other hand, the owner would be liable for all bites after the first one, even absent the owner's negligent, reckless or intentional conduct. The ground for the owner's liability was the knowledge that his dog previously bit someone.

www.dogbitelaw.com/PAGES/propensity.htm

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