(Closed) Does this Letter Sound okay?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

It sounds good – I would have it delivered by certified mail. That way if you have to go to court, you can prove you tried to resolve it peacefully first.

Post # 5
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

I would make the tone a little more strong. I would also add:

“We are hoping to keep this out of court, and are asking that you cover the vet fees incured from the damage your dog did. However, we are ready and able to take you to small claims if necessary.”

It would probably be better to detail exactly the injuries that occurred and have your friends explain exactly what happened, detail for detail, in the letter. You want to give him as little wiggle room as possible to say it wasn’t his dog.

Finally, instead of dropping it off at the managers apartment I would send it certified to the managers apartment (or his) building. It is slightly more expensive but it makes it official and if you have to take him to court then you have an official document you can take with you.

Hope that helps!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I like it, and like PP said, sending it through certified mail and probably a better option.  And because I’m such a grammar nazi, the question mark at the end should be a period. 🙂  You aren’t asking him to pay; you’re saying that you hope he will.  Good luck!  Glad your pup is going to be okay!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m not a lawyer, but I would change the last sentence.  You aren’t asking him for a favor.  He has caused you a considerable cost and you need to inform him that he is responsible for making this right.  So instead of “Given the circumstances we are hoping you would be able to cover the vet expenses?” I would say “The vet bills came to a total of $xxxx. Since it was your dog who injured our dog, we will need you to cover the vet expenses.  Please contact me at (###) ###-#### to arrange payment.”

I also might change the first sentence so instead of saying that you found out it was his dog, you simply state that it was his dog.  Remove any uncertainty from your language so he will be less inclined to claim it wasn’t.  So instead, you could say “Dear Mr. Shaw, On Tuesday morning, 3-16-10, at 1 am, our dog who we took out on a late walk, was attacked by your pit bull.”

 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with greenleafmountain’s changes.  You want to sound completely sure about the claims you are making.  I would be more demanding with him.  You could probably get his dog taken away from him because it sounds like it is dangerous to be around other pets.

Post # 12
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

It doesn’t matter that his dog was on a leash. He still owes you the vet bills because the dog is his property and is the one that did damage to your dog. Plus, if he can’t control his own dog he shouldn’t be outside walking it.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i think that last letter sounds better. im so sorry for what happen to your doggy, i hope the situation can get resolve

Post # 14
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Still I think that dog is violent and may be a threat to society because it attacked another dog for no reason.  That doesn’t give him an excuse at all.

Sounds good to me.  I’m worried that no matter how you word it, this will probably be a battle since the guy didn’t stay when it happened and offer to help.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think that sounds great.  And being that either the owner or someone else who the owner trusted with the dog saw him attack your dog, you have a better chance of getting the money without going to court.  They know that they are responsible, and hopefully they’ll step up and make it right.

Poor doggie, I hope she recovers as quickly as possible. Good luck, and let us know what happens!

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