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Janet, since you have the experience you do with the ... you via email as this situation progresses. If it progresses.

please do. you can call me as well - e-mail for phone #.

One question first. Would my vet be obligated to report this attack?

Cate
It makes my stomach hurt to think that, in addition to my dog's injuries, his trauma, and my cost, other outcomes could potentially include a nasty neighbor feud and his dog being put down.

I totally understand that - having a bad relationship with next door neighbors is something to be avoided if at all possible. But I have to ask - what if the outcome of not doing anything (should he fail to respond) is that another dog gets hurt or killed, and/or that a human gets injured trying to break things up? If I had reported my neighbor's dogs the second time they came in my yard and went after Brenin (although no harm was done, it was frightening), and others had reported similar incidents, perhaps another neighbor would not have been bitten and had to face the prospect of rabies shots in an advanced state of pregnancy.

When you talk to him - if he's halfway reasonable and discusses this with you - IMO you should stress to him that you're not only concerned about Orson's safety, but about the safety of others. How will HE feel if the next dog she attacks is a small dog, and the dog dies? Or if a child is walking the dog, and the child gets injured? And if his dog is, as I strongly suspect, a Pit Bull, you might try telling him that attacks like that are what are increasingly turning other dog owners against his breed.
If I were in your place, I'd be telling him that I want to maintain a friendly relationship, and I don't want to be forced to have to take legal action, but that I won't be able to live with myself if another dog gets hurt or killed.
However you are the one
who has to live next to this neighbor and I know that feuds have started over stuff like this even ... this situation - I don't mean that you should be a wimp but suing for damages would be bad start.

Yeah, I won't do that. I plan to ask for half and then maybe tell them the reason I'm not asking for 100% is that I want them to be able to afford a nice, secure fence that'll keep their dogs from attacking my dog again. Or other dogs walking by.
Anyway, IMHO, more important
than the vet bills (big ouch!) is to get a good secure fence up right away.

Yes. They'd actually been getting fence estimates the week before this happened.
Cate
I felt better until I posted about it here and realized that I essentially have the power to doom this dog.

That may be a good place to start with the neighbors - not "I can have your dog killed if you don't pay up," but "you need to understand that if your dog attacks another dog and the owner reports it, the city can confiscate your dog and have him destroyed." Their own dog's safety is at risk, too, if they don't contain him.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Prouder than ever to be a member of the reality-based community
One question first. Would my vet be obligated to report this attack?

no. bites to humans have to be reported by dr's, but vets are under no such obligation for a bitten animal.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com:
Monday night our system failed. I failed to see through some tree branches and didn't notice that their two dogs (one dog-aggressive, one not at least not toward Orson) were already out.

Poor Orson! I'm sorry you and he had to go through this.

I find it absolutely unbelievable that a dog-aggressive dog would ever be off-leash really, how hard is it to put the dog on a leash and walk him outside to pee???
I really can't see how you bear any responsibility at all for this, and I agree with Melinda that financial consequences may make your neighbors think twice about leashing the dog in the future, or sinking some money into a fence.
Although I am totally sympathetic to your desire not to make an enemy of your neighbor. The idea of living next door to people who hate me scares the crap out of me. So my feeling is that you should do what you feel most comfortable doing, but know in your heart that you were not responsible for this!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
They'd actually been getting fence estimates the week before this happened.

That's a definite postive sign WRT their responsibility. And I think your idea of telling them that you're only asking for half so as to help them afford a fence ASAP is a good one.
However... here's a question for you:
Once they have the yard fenced, what do you think the odds are that they'll leave the dogs out there unattended? If you think that's a possibility, it might be worth making them aware - as much for their sake as for anything else - that a fence preventing an attack won't preclude their dog being deemed dangerous if they live in the city.
Half. If I were the neighbor, I would offer more.

Yes, I would too. I would, in fact, bend over backwards in an attempt to convince the injured party that such a thing could never happen again and thus should not be reported and also to make sure there is no reason to sue me.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
That may be a good place to start with the neighbors - not "I can have your dog killed if ... confiscate your dog and have him destroyed." Their own dog's safety is at risk, too, if they don't contain him.

Indeed. Give them a copy of the Vicious Dog Law.
http://cityservices.baltimorecity.gov/charterandcodes/Digests/Digest%20-%20EnvrnmntlCtns.pdf

Pages 80 & 81
Pretty much, this dog will be killed by BCAC if it's impounded, even with a hearing. I can tell you that if i was still on the hearing board, we would not be able to find any exclusions. They need to take this seriously. Technically, there dog could be deemed vicious even without doing anything, by merely agressing at the fence line.

This all makes me very happy to have and always want to have, a "real" fence (as opposed to an IF or just knowing my dogs are off leash reliable with my supervision. Keeping other dogs OUT is a good thing!

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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