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No, the vet bills are the damages.

damages are something that is awarded by a court, and has nothing to do with a solution that is worked out in private.

The word "legally" doesn't really come into play with a solution worked out in private.
that you brought it up at all is baffling to me. i cannot wrap my mind around how you can ... how, even if both dogs were leashed and it happened in public, Cate could be held in any part responsible.

I brought it up for the simple reason that what the courts do doesn't always make logical sense, particularly to us laymen. So I thought it was a bit irresponsible to say that the neighbors are 100% legally responsible when that might or might not be the case. That's all.
Bizby
The word "legally" doesn't really come into play with a solution worked out in private.

yes. that's what i've been trying to explain to you for the last umpty posts. the neighbors are legally (as in, they broke the law) responsible. they are also morally responsible (as in, Cate has every right to expect them to pay 100% of Orson's vet bills, regardless of whether or not she sues them).
I brought it up for the simple reason that what the courts do doesn't always make logical sense, particularly to us laymen.

speak for yourself. "what the courts do" generally does make sense to me.
So I thought it was a bit irresponsible to say that the neighbors are 100% legally responsible when that might or might not be the case. That's all.

irresponsible? no. and that really *is* all, as i'm disinclined to discuss it further with you.

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irresponsible? no. and that really *is* all, as i'm disinclined to discuss it further with you.

You know shelly, you're just a really mean person.

Bizby
irresponsible? no. and that really *is* all, as i'm disinclined to discuss it further with you.

You know shelly, you're just a really mean person. Bizby

Well, DUH.
That's what she's FOR.
i don't know what the law is where Cate lives,

There is not only a leash law, but a clearly defined law about vicious dogs.
It has already been stated that if Cate had called Animal Control, the dog would most likely already have been seized and put down, especially given that there is a past history of attacks.
I also know the way the courts and juries work in cases of civil liability around here.
In a civil suit, that past history of attacks, as well as the fact that Orson was on his own property and the attack was completely unprovoked, would weigh very heavily in Cate's favor. The fact that Orson's middle-aged and blind would most likely weigh in her favor as well.
Besides which, several people who live in Cate's city have stated what would happen

And one of those people is a former member of the board which makes the decisions on when and how the laws were applied.
We talked to the neighbors today. It went well. We've struck a deal. They will reimburse us for half the ... 50% in order that they could afford the fence that much sooner. They feel they are 100% in the wrong.

Wonderful news!!!
They think she "has a taste for blood" because she was the victim of an attack once, and has since attacked other dogs as a result of that. They think their other dog isn't aggressive because he's "never had >thetaste of blood.")

Oh, goD help us - not the "taste for blood" myth!!! If their young dog is, as I gather from what you posted, also a Pit, he's probably simply not "turned on" yet; you did say he was about a year old, right?
They want it too. She is newly pregnant and said that soon she won't be "dealing with" the dogs. There was vague talk of being scared to deal with the dogs "if they're being bad" while she's pregnant.

Oh, good lord. sigh. Here's hoping the story doesn't turn into "We had to get rid of the dogs when the baby was born..." Wonder how they'd take it if you gave them a copy of "Child-proofing your dog"?
Once their fence is in, this will have been resolved to my satisfaction. Thanks to all of you for your opinions; it helped me shape my side of the conversation today.

It sounds like you did a great job. Congratulations!!
Orson's doing much better, thanks. The wounds are still juicing, but I'm told that's normal. Visible swelling is almost gone, ... fat! He gained 3 pounds before I realized I needed to cut back on his food because of his inactivity.

Well, you can worry about that later. I'm very glad he's feeling more like himself again.
He can't use elizabethan collars (can't see their edges so can't manuever while wearing). So he's wearing baseball shirts to ... better this season, Orson might now be sporting a hand-drawn Steelers logo on the back of his yellow baseball shirt.

Heh. I think he should go for it anyway.
Mustang Sally
You know shelly, you're just a really mean person.

well, duh. but, really, do you think continuing with a conversation when i've reached my irritation threshold would be kind?

shelly
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