(Closed) Should we pay for our neighbor's vet bill?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
2171 posts
Buzzing bee

I would not pay their vet bill. If their dog is aggressive it should be on them to get that sorted. Granted, they might think you/your dog is at fault and it could cause resentment. 

To keep the relationship good, maybe offer an amount of money you can afford toward their vet bill. Whatever is in your budget. This might go a long way to keeping the relationship good. 

Good luck, op!

Post # 3
4227 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

Their dog sounds awful! My parent’s neighbour has two nasty little dogs like the one your neighbour has. Over the years the neighbour has become alienated from everyone else on that street due to the dogs. I wouldn’t offer to pay. That being said, if the neighbours ASK, then pay a portion of the bill to keep the peace.

Post # 4
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Yes, you should pay. Your dog injured theirs and it was technically on your property.

Post # 5
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015


Post # 6
927 posts
Busy bee

I’m going to assume your dog can’t get his head through the fence? If that’s the case, the bite had to have happened in your own yard. On that basis, I would not pay. You have ensured your dog is enclosed in your own yard, they haven’t done the same for their dog. 

Post # 8
3900 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I would offer to pay half the vet bill. I read your post to my Fiance and he said consult a lawyer, but I think if you have to pay for the consultation… it’s not worth it as you will end up spending $ on the lawyer and then on vet bills if the lawyer recomend to pay somenof the vwt bills…. but Fiance said that even though the fence is a foot in your property… the incident occured on your property because the dog’s foot was on your side of the fence when it was bitten by your dog (even tjough their dog is a little asshole) so to be safe Fiance suggests you consult a lawyer :/

Post # 10
9406 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I probably wouldn’t offer anything… my neighbors small dog is very dog aggressive and got in a fight with my medium sized Pittie… my pittie was the only one hurt, but the biggest damage was from her foot–she twisted it during the fight and ripped a nail out.  

My point is… a foot injury is almost surely not the cause of your DOG.  Your dog wouldn’t go for foot, she’d go for neck, head, back, etc..  Foot is such a wierd random thing that is probably their small dog injuring herself.

That, and if you offer to pay some you are admiting fault.  If they do choose to take you to court, that action could actually be what makes the judge decide you need to pay 100%.


Post # 11
1011 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I realise the other dog was provoking your dog, but as it was your dog that caused the injury, I believe you are financially responsible. A chomp down on a tiny leg from a 100lb dog may have caused extensive injury so the bill may not be cheap.

Post # 12
6949 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

No way… they’ve known all along that their little dog is an aggressor and did nothing to train it?  Their problem.  It’s entirely possible the leg to twisted in the fence anyway, but either way, you’re neighbor is totally out of line for allowing this behavior to continue.  Keep your money.

Incidentally, did they ask you to pay it?  If they’re not saying anything, I definitely wouldn’t even worry about it.  You can always offer to help them train their little one by having yours come out in a safer situation while they’re using a citronella collar, beeper or whatever.

Post # 13
1352 posts
Bumble bee

Sorry but if your dog is participating in the fight when there was no danger (because of the fence) and your dog bit their dog, then I think you are responsible.

I would at least offer to pay half, since obviously they share some of the responsibility as well.

Post # 14
1840 posts
Buzzing bee

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bzbride2277:  Your neighbours dog aggitated your dog, stuck it’s foot onto your (and your dog’s) property, and consequently got hurt. NOT YOUR FAULT.

From as soon as you had your dog you made sure it couldn’t get out of the backyard, and you’ve made sure that it can get it’s head through the fence to injure the other dog (or anyone else) on the other side. Just because you have the bigger dog does not mean you are responsible for making sure other dogs can’t get in. It’s up to your neighbours to make sure their dog can’t get out of their property.

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