Josue Rodriguez: My Pit Bull dogs killed my neighbor's dog?
Okay here is the sad story, my neighbor's dog broke the fence and came into my yard and started fighting with my female Pit Bull. Then my male pit got into the whole fight, so it was now my two pits against my neighbor's dog which btw is a 30-40lbs mutt. Another neighbor heard the whole noise of the dogs fighting and came into my yard to get my dogs off the dog, as soon as my dogs got of my neighbor's dog, the dog was able to go back to its yard (nobody was home at my house) well their dog ended up dying...
Now my neighbor is suing me for $ 7000 of vet bills and whatnot, he claims that my dogs broke the fence, but the broken part of the fence board was in my yard which means it was pushed in??
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He claims that his dog was dragged into my yard by my dogs when it stuck its head through the fence because his dog was not physically able to fit without it being pulled in. But yet his dog was still able to go through that broken part of the after being attacked by my dogs (which my other neighbor witness)?? What can happen to me and my dogs???
Answers and Views:
Answer by Show Breeders Sell Better Pups
This is going to give Pitties a bad rap even more, because of your mistake.
Answer by Dog Section Regular
This is exactly why PIT BULLS ARE NOT OUTDOOR DOGS. This is why Pit Bulls should NEVER BE LEFT OUTDOORS UNATTENDED. Even if you are NOT to blame, they will ALWAYS blame your Pit Bulls no matter what. YOU have to prevent that, but instead, you did the irresponsible thing and left them outside and then this happens.
You can prove your case all you want, but animal control or the cops or the judge will ultimately decide the fate of your dogs. They may conclude that your dogs are vicious and a danger to society.
I would contact a lawyer ASAP. Animal Control or the cops should already have been called, if not by you or your neighbors, then a Vet.
Answer by Hallie
A lot has to do with socialization. I love all breeds and all breeds can be raised mean or friendly. But from this story, it sounds like neither the pit bulls nor the neighbor’s dog were well socialized with other dogs, to begin with.
Answer by Tina
The neighbor's dog got into their space and started the fight so the male can not be blamed for protecting the female It is natural and to be expected for them to stand together My two dogs will do the same and they are not Pit Bulls
Answer by Tracy
Pitbulls were bred to fight. That's what they do. It doesn't matter how a pit is raised either! My son in law has a female pit that killed his girlfriend's dog! I'm the girlfriend's mom and cleaned up the murder scene and that's what it was!!!!! There are good and evil pits period!!!
Answer by Ayse
People need to shut the fuck up about pit bulls. If you come into a dog's lawn, that dog will protect its property. If you fight with a dog's mate, said the dog will defend its mate.
TAKE A BUNCH OF PICTURES. of your dogs, any marks they have, etc. Take a picture of the board/break in the fence. Measure the break in the fence to see if there was enough room for your dogs to be able to pull that dog in. Get yourself a lawyer.
People don't look upon pits very kindly, which will hinder your argument...but as long as you have the facts and your dogs are innocent, you can save them.
Now, more than likely, if convicted, your dogs will be put down, depending on how many times they bite the other dog, and what state you live in. Get a lawyer.
Answer by Ganal
In a way, it is both of your faults. The fence should have been inspected to make sure it was sound on both sides. If the broke fence boards were on your side then it sounds like the neighbor's dog broke in. Your dogs were defending their territory. How would the dog get through the fence if it were not physically fit?
Get an attorney and talk to them with him. Take tons of pictures of the two dogs, the fence, the broken boards, and anything else that may be of use to you. Maybe offer to pay half of the bills even if you win.
Answer by Parshuram
you should pay for it.
Answer by Tyler
Well first off I'm sorry to hear that. Now what you need to do is get your self a lawyer! Chances are and not trying to sound mean but I've seen many cases like this on animal planet THEY always blame the pits! Pitbulls have such a bad rep and chances are your dogs will be put down if you don't provide strong enough evidence because they are considered (dangerous dogs) if they attack. Measure the gap on the broken fence, take a pic of the fence piece to show it was pushed in by the other dog, and look for any bite or scratch marks or wounds on your dogs and take pics to support your argument.
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Make sure you have a full story with strong evidence (pics) if you want any chance of winning this case. Tell the judge that the dog forced himself into your yard and your dogs were protecting your property and that how could it physically be possible for a dog being dragged by the head? The neck possibly but not the head and if the dog doesn't have bite marks on the neck then there's no evidence for your neighbor to say he was "dragged" that's really the best advice I can give and your best bet. And state that no one was home so your neighbor doesn't have a "story" to tell only pics can win the case cause a pic is worth a 1000 words (: But after this make sure you keep your dogs inside so this incident doesn't happen again. I used to have a pitbull their great dogs but the rep that comes with them is terrible I really like pits. Good luck with the situation and hope this helps!
Answer by Rosalie
Take pictures, get witness accounts wherever possible- and save that board!
Call an attorney immediately - you will need them.
Keep your dogs in from now on- not only are they a risk, but could easily be at risk for abuse by others. Check your yard before letting them out each time, and stand right there while they do their business, and take them right back in.
It will matter who owned the fence, what condition it was kept in, and what happened after that.
You're in a heap of trouble, and yes, you should never ever leave Pit bulls unattended, for their own good as well as anyone else's. They and you may lose in the end.
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Comments ( 6 )
It is a very sad tragic story. But it seems that you did your job as a pet owner insuring that your dogs are confined. I am sorry that the neighbors dog died but it was their job to ensure that their dog is safe and confined in their yard. Most guard dogs would have done the same irrespective of their breed.
Similar Situation says
Was wondering if you have any updates to your situation. I am in a very similar situation, but my neighbors dog pushed the fence in and then retreated back to his yard and my female went into their yard. The neighbor was home, as was I, but it all happened very quickly and the pomeranian died. I euthanized my female because I was afraid animal control would have euthanized her and I couldn’t live with myself if I wasn’t their for her. The neighbor wrote her statement after the fact but is blaming my male, who wasn’t even in their yard, just because she wants him put to sleep too.
Sorry about your situation, sorry about the Pom, and sorry that you have already euthanized your girl. Actually, you and your neighbor should have cared about a better fence before. I can understand the feelings of your neighbor but revenge is not the best way out. Especially if you are going to take the life of one more innocent creature. Try to talk to your neighbor again, try to come to terms. I think this is the only way.
The Truth says
If a local child had jumped into your yard, for example, to get a ball that was hit over the fence, your pit bulls would have attacked and killed the child, and you would be in jail…rightfully so. You would live in shame and fear for the rest of your life. The last image you have in your mind, on your deathbed, will be the face of that dying child, and the looks of hate in the eyes of your neighbors and family.
No, pit bulls aren’t “indoor dogs”. That’s idiotic. They are predators. They aren’t safe for anybody, not even their owners.
Either get rid of your child murdering dogs, or be hated by every other person in your community. How hard a decision can this be, folks?
You’re an idiot. Pit bulls were raised to protect children from rats in Victorian England while their parents worked. They’re known as the nanny dog. Get a grip, grow up, and know of which you speak before you mouth off.
you will be fined, the dogs will be euthanized, and you will be paying off a 7000 dollar vet bill for years :O) the only thing that isn’t fair is your dogs will die humanely, can’t say the same for the neighbours dog …