There is no fence between our neighbors' house and ours (yet). We have an informal system with them. We've each agreed to not let our dogs out for a pee if the others' dog(s) are already out.
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.
Orson paid with bite wounds, 3 vet visits, surgery, a drain in his leg, a scary swollen frankenfoot, a nasty limp, aggravated arthritis, and 10 days of no exercise.
We paid with our wallets: $1400 so far. Also, with guilt. My guilt is somewhat assuaged knowing I was able to hold the 100lb dog to keep it from potentially becoming a 2-on-1.
My lesson, for anyone who needs one, is no matter how many times something has worked in the past, don't assume it always will. Also don't assume just because the 10yo, 40lb dog is an absolute darling with people that she won't try to kill your 80lb dog. (I did not assume this, but it occurs to me someone might.)
The poll
How much, if any, would you ask the neighbor to pay toward the vet bills, if the following were true:
- Your dog was attacked on your property.
- The attack was sustained (shaking, re-gripping), not just a bite-and-run.
- The attacking dog had attacked other dogs before. - Both you and the neighbor were negligent as far as making sure no one was already outside.
Cate
p.s. Just since I haven't been here in a while: Orson also had colon polyp surgery in August. It's been a rough few months for him.
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There is no fence between our neighbors' house and ours (yet). We have an informal system with them. We've each ... dogs before. - Both you and the neighbor were negligent as far as making sure no one was already outside.

Half. If I were the neighbor, I would offer more.

So sorry this happened. Poor Orson; it sounds as though he could use a run of good health - - I hope he gets it.
Mustang Sally
Half. If I were the neighbor, I would offer more.

If I were the neighbor I think I'd offer to pay for the whole thing. I might be inclined to ask for it depending on circumstances (mostly on the neighbor's attitude and willingness to correct the problem, somewhat on their financial circumstances).
It seems to me that there are (at least) two issues here: 1) covering expenses, and 2) making sure that nothing like this happens again. The apparently clueless neighbor needs some disincentives for letting their marauding dog continue to maraud. In a city or suburban setting those are probably going to be economic (if they won't pay voluntarily, either small claims court or a fine from the friendly local animal control officers and their friendly local ticket books). Out here in the boonies a dog that attacked people, pets, or livestock off its own property would eventually get the 3-S treatment (shoot, shovel, and shut up) from people who've had enough.

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Orson paid with bite wounds, 3 vet visits, surgery, a drain in his leg, a scary swollen frankenfoot, a nasty limp, aggravated arthritis, and >10 days of no exercise.

Ouch. Poor Orson! I hope he's feeling better.
The poll How much, if any, would you ask the neighbor to pay toward the vet bills, if the following ... dogs before. - Both you and the neighbor were negligent as far as making sure no one was already outside.

Since they are the ones who failed to control their KNOWN dangerously aggressive dog, IMO the burden of fault lies with them. You should NOT be having to look around for their dog every time you take your dog out on your own property!!!
As far as what they should pay, IMO they should foot the entire bill. I believe they are legally entirely responsible, since the attack ocurred on your property, and they knew their dog was aggressive.

I'd think also be asking/requiring them to either foot the entire cost ofthe cost of installing secure fencing between the yards, or having the dog leashed at all times. If they did not agree, I'd be taking them to court. Furthermore, I would be reporting the incident to A.C. and/or the police, since the dog is a repeat offender.
Monday night our system failed.

I'm really and truly sorry for all of the dogs' injuries, but were you out there with them?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
There is no fence between our neighbors' house and ours (yet). We have an informal system with them. We've each ... dogs before. - Both you and the neighbor were negligent as far as making sure no one was already outside.

i would think your neighbors would offer to pay at least half, out of kindness or guilt. i know i would. however, if their dogs were already out, and you let yours out second, you technically are responsible for the break in the "system".
it doesn't matter who's property it happened on, since you've basically agreed to share property until you get a fence installed.

that's what dog aggressive breeds do (i'm guessing pit?). if i shared a yard with another dog aggressive breed, my dogs would be out on leash, especially at night. it's just safer for everyone.

so you're both negligent, and you're both responsible for the incident. you knew the other dog was aggressive, and you agreed to share the yard. i don't think you should or can take any sort of legal action here, and i don't think you can hold it against your neighbor with a clear conscience.

if i were the neighbor, however, besides chipping in for vet bills, i'd probably bring you flowers, a get well card, and the biggest chew toy i could find.
-kelly
Monday night our system failed.

I'm really and truly sorry for all of the dogs' injuries, but were you out there with them? Matt. Rocky's a Dog.

She says this in the original post: "My guilt is somewhat assuaged knowing I was able to hold the 100lb dog to keep it
from potentially becoming a 2-on-1." That sounds like she was out there. Katrina
The poll How much, if any, would you ask the neighbor to pay toward the vet bills, if the following ... here in a while: Orson also had colon polyp surgery in August. It's been a rough few months for him.

Poor Orson! I hope he feels better soon!For what it's worth, I suspect that a court would decide in your favor since this dog is known to be aggressive and the attack happened on your property. If I was your neighbor with the aggressive dog I would pay 100% with many apologies, flowers to you and a big chewie for Orson, AND put in measures to prevent this from ever happening again (get a fence or put the dog on a trolley or on leash every time the dog is outside).

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 though one party was clearly at fault. So you gotta use diplomacy in this situation - I don't mean that you should be a wimp but suing for damages would be bad start. Anyway, IMHO, more important than the vet bills (big ouch!) is to get a good secure fence up right away.

Chris and her smoothies
Pablo & Lucy
The poll How much, if any, would you ask the neighbor to pay toward the vet bills, if the following ... dogs before. - Both you and the neighbor were negligent as far as making sure no one was already outside.

100%. and, i'd ask them to split the cost of a fence between the two yards ASAP.
p.s. Just since I haven't been here in a while: Orson also had colon polyp surgery in August. It's been a rough few months for him.

aw, poor guy!

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