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By Kalee - / Thursday 3 January 2019 14:00 /
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By  bkwusa  |  11

Which dog started the fight isn't relevant on who has to pay. Dogs will be dogs and fight all the time. What does decide who has to pay is which owner didn't follow the law. Most places it is the owners responsibility to keep their dog on a leash. If another dog is off the leash and goes up to your dog on the leash to start a fight it's the other person's fault. The same way if your dog is off the leash and starts a fight with a dog that is fenced in, it is the person's fault who didn't have the dog on a leash. If both owners have the dog on a leash and are talking when a fight starts then both are out of luck as it's nobody's fault.

By  babeasaurus  |  8

Hi guys this is OP!
Thanks so much for the helpful comments!
I have talked to animal control, they said since the other dog was off leash and started it, the other dog has no leg to stand on and I am not in need to pay the bills.
Also, the guy who hit me, is out of jail (on a technicality) but is still being prosecuted by the DA, and will be in court next week! I am in a new place, and have finally caught up on bills!
It was a very stressful time, but it looks like it is getting better! Yay!

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By  bkwusa  |  11

Which dog started the fight isn't relevant on who has to pay. Dogs will be dogs and fight all the time. What does decide who has to pay is which owner didn't follow the law. Most places it is the owners responsibility to keep their dog on a leash. If another dog is off the leash and goes up to your dog on the leash to start a fight it's the other person's fault. The same way if your dog is off the leash and starts a fight with a dog that is fenced in, it is the person's fault who didn't have the dog on a leash. If both owners have the dog on a leash and are talking when a fight starts then both are out of luck as it's nobody's fault.

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  Quasita  |  22

Responsible dog owners carry homeowner's or renter's insurance, which then covers damage to and caused by your animals if you get the correct kind of coverage. It is not an expensive policy to get. If we're going to talk about being responsible owners, then you have to acknowledge that part of doing so is properly preparing for illness, injury and job loss so that your pet can be taken care of just as much as you are.

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  Quasita  |  22

That's entirely dependent on the policy. Personal property damage doesn't always work the same as things like car insurance. My personal property insurance coverage under my Renter's policy doesn't have a deductible, but the actual home property part does. That is, I don't pay a deductible in regards to injuries to others or the replacement of personal property, which is what a pet falls under. Even if you had a deductible, the insurance coverage provides necessary mediation and determination that OP needs to take advantage of to remove the personal communication out of the equation.

By  Zekfen  |  17

My dog likes to play, and is generally passive, but if another dog came up and attacked him, he would end them, and if the other owner told me to pay their dog’s bill, I’d tell them to go fuck themselves.

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  KaD6  |  16

And if you fail to control your dog you can be taken to court. The average settlement in a dog bite case is over $30K, the average in a pit bull mauling is over $500K. The settlement in a dog bite case is NOT dischargable in bankruptcy court. You will never be able to get a loan again, for anything. If you have insurance it will double or triple. It's a dog OWNERS responsibility to control their animal.

By  KaD6  |  16

Sorry about your misfortunes. If you can't keep your account in the positive maybe you don't need a large, aggressive dog that attacks small dogs unprovoked and that you are incompetent to control. You should consider putting it down, if you're not smart enough to do that at least have it leashed and muzzled at all times.

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  dedanjel  |  28

Per the post, the other dog started it. No matter how good you train your dog, no matter how close you keep them on their leash, they're gonna fight if they get attacked. They're not just gonna lay down and let the other dog kill them.
OP may have a normally very good-natured and gentle dog. Everything has a limit.

By  Quasita  |  22

Proper pet ownership comes with a thing called insurance. Homeowners or Renters, respectively. Buying the correct policy covers damage done by your pet both to property (the other dog) and people. It also provides you representation so you can tell the other person to deal with your insurance rather than call you. If they refuse to handle it through your insurance when you have it, then that's a whole different legal situation for which the police should be called.

If, instead, you elected to not get insurance, then you have left yourself vulnerable to liability claims... But that still doesn't require you pay out of pocket without court order. The cost in these cases is limited to the vet bills and damages to the animal. These are usually settled in small claims.

I find it questionable that you're writing that "she decided to fight" because that implies an accepted level of responsibility for the situation. If she had a decision moment, then it wasn't impressed upon her to protect, and you ARE responsible for the behavior of your property.

Regardless of all the details though, responsible dog ownership comes with insurance. If you don't have the money to make sure you are cared for, then you don't have the money to make sure THEY are cared for. If you don't have the capacity to make sure you can handle unexpected job loss, illness or injury of yourself or the animal, then the animal needs to be at least temporarily rehomed.

As for the drunk driver claim, I call BS, because if you were really out of work due to that, you'd be receiving insurance payout from their insurance, your insurance, or a legal settlement. You can't lose your job due to such situations. STD and LTD insurances are standard and rarely opted out by employers; if you opted out of STD coverage, you just have to bide till LTD kicks in. Transparency with landlord and proof of pending legal action prevents eviction. Be smart, not a victim.

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  zuckerburg  |  17

Totally agree with this. Poor dog didn't decide to put more stress on you. Your actions did (or at least drunk driver / not getting insurance etc.)

At least OP is better now. Get that insurance boooooiiiiiiiiii

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  babeasaurus  |  8

I just got my insurance settlement, but since I'm still paying on the car it is going straight to Carmax. Still waiting for the personal lawsuit to go through. Plus his DUI case.

By  babeasaurus  |  8

Hi guys this is OP!
Thanks so much for the helpful comments!
I have talked to animal control, they said since the other dog was off leash and started it, the other dog has no leg to stand on and I am not in need to pay the bills.
Also, the guy who hit me, is out of jail (on a technicality) but is still being prosecuted by the DA, and will be in court next week! I am in a new place, and have finally caught up on bills!
It was a very stressful time, but it looks like it is getting better! Yay!

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