Post # 1
The back story is over a year ago we had a chain-link fence installed around our back yard prior to adopting our large dog. A few months ago our neighbors on the other side of the fence have adopted a small dog as well. The small dog is really dog aggressive and the first time it met our dog it attacked him, even breaking out of the collar just to keep running after us and biting our dog.
Since then every time we have seen the little dog it goes crazy and tries to start a fight. When they are walking we usually cross the street and walk away. The problem is that our neighbors sometimes let their dog our in the backyard at the same time that we have our dog out there too. A few times the dogs would run up to the fence and they start going at each other across the fence until either us or our neighbors pull the dogs away. Several days ago this happened again and before we had a chance to grab our dog the neighbor’s dog must have stuck it’s foot through the chain link and it’s possibly got bit on the foot, because the dog started screaming and now for the past 2 days hasn’t stepped on that foot.
Legally I don’t think we are liable for this since the fence is well probably a foot into our property and the neighbors know their dog instigates all dogs. However our dog is about 100lbs while theirs is probably 15. I feel reallybad about what happened but I am not sure what is the right way to handle this. On one side I don’t really think this is our fault and of course we don’t have money to just throw around but on the other hand I don’t want to have a bad relationship with the neighbors. We are already going to buy a fine mesh to attach to the fence so that this dog can’t stick it’s feet through in the future, but I don’t know if we are supposed to offer to split the vet bill as well. I appreciate the advice.
Post # 2
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
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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
Yes, you should pay. Your dog injured theirs and it was technically on your property.
Post # 6
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 # 7
I think the fact that their dog had “trespassed” into our property actually makes it not our fault, at least in the legal sense. Basically I don’t think we are obligated to do anything I am just trying to figure the best way to not be a bad neighbor.
Post # 8
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 # 9
Yeah our dog definitely cannot get his head or muzzle through the fence. THe only way he could have gotten the dog was if the dog stuck it’s paws through. Of course I still feel awful that he got hurt.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 15
Thanks for the advice. They haven’t asked us to pay yet but they told us they are taking the dog to the vet tomorrow so I have a feeling that this may be what they are waiting for. Like you said. we don’t know for a fact that our dog bit theirs either. I am just prepairing for our talk with them tomorrow.