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My dog has bitten my neighbours rabbit

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Brookerj Wed 28-Jun-17 14:28:02

My 2 year old dog got into my neighbours garden and somehow got into the rabbit run and has bitten the rabbit. My neighbour has taken the rabbit to the vet and has presented me with a bill for £1275 as the rabbit has had 2 pins put into its leg. I have been very apologetic and took chocolates round to the owner of the rabbit but I do not have this sort of money to spare - what can I do - I feel awful.

barrygetamoveonplease Wed 28-Jun-17 14:29:31

I think you pay up. Sorry. Your dog should have been under control.

NetballHoop Wed 28-Jun-17 14:30:20

Is there any chance that you have third party insurance on your dog?

user1495915742 Wed 28-Jun-17 14:33:00

Check out insurance.
Work out payment plan with neighbour and/or vet.
Get a second job.

Sorry, it's unfortunate but your dog is at fault here.

Newjob12345 Wed 28-Jun-17 14:34:10

How did the dog get in to their garden?

WatchingFromTheWings Wed 28-Jun-17 14:35:13

You need to find a way to pay it. And ensure boundary is secure so dog can't get out of your garden again.

MyPuppyIsADick Wed 28-Jun-17 14:35:19

The amount seems a bit off but chocolates aren't going to suffice - your pet could have killed hers! Do the decent thing and pay up check the cost with the vet first

IVFNewbie Wed 28-Jun-17 14:36:12

Sorry, yes- you need to pay up I think- if you can't do it in a lump sum, see if an offer of installments will be accepted.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 28-Jun-17 14:36:37

What does your insurance say. Any cover there?

Finola1step Wed 28-Jun-17 14:36:57

How did the dog get in the garden?

CJCreggsGoldfish Wed 28-Jun-17 14:37:19

This isn't your neighbours fault. She shouldn't be left with the bill for it. It's unfortunate but I do think you need to pay up, offer a payment plan if you don't have it available now.

Asparaguswee Wed 28-Jun-17 14:38:21

This is why you get pet insurance, why should she pay?! You didn't control your dog and now it's attacked her pet. You haven't got a leg to stand on legally, if you don't pay she could take it further and you'll end up paying a lot more.
Call the vet she uses and explain, most vets have a payment plan and they may let you pay monthly.

LandofTute Wed 28-Jun-17 14:38:41

Do you think your neighbour should have to pay the £1275?

alltouchedout Wed 28-Jun-17 14:38:53

Can you come to some sort of instalment arrangement? Most people don't have that sort of money to hand over in a lump.

That said, the family cat when I was younger had to have quite expensive veterinary treatment after coming off worse in an altercation with next door's dogs and we never considered asking them to pay any of it. Maybe you could offer half?

picklemepopcorn Wed 28-Jun-17 14:38:53

Your dog insurance should cover it, if you have some.

PippaFawcett Wed 28-Jun-17 14:39:13

Wow, that is a lot of money. Unfortunately I think you need to find a way to pay it too, as it is your fault for not properly securing the dog and I imagine they could take civil action to recover the money if not.

monkeywithacowface Wed 28-Jun-17 14:41:42

Wow that's a big bill! But your dog your responsibility. Do you have pet insurance, you may have third party liability insurance.

LaurieFairyCake Wed 28-Jun-17 14:42:24

You both should have insurance on your pets. Has she already claimed on her insurance to fix the rabbit?

LaurieFairyCake Wed 28-Jun-17 14:42:49

Your home insurance may cover it, check.

Brookerj Wed 28-Jun-17 14:45:34

Neither of us have pet insurance and she has already gone ahead with the procedure - I am devastated

Branleuse Wed 28-Jun-17 14:48:07

What side does she live on. Was it her fence to maintain or yours?

SpareASquare Wed 28-Jun-17 14:49:20

You need to pay.
I'm not sure what else you expected people to say?

monkeywithacowface Wed 28-Jun-17 14:49:41

Expensive mistake on your part then. Legally she could pursue a claim against you and would likely win. You need to agree a reasonable payment plan.

GuntyMcGee Wed 28-Jun-17 14:50:14

Of course she'll have gone through with the procedure.

Unfortunately, you will have to pay up. And get some bloody insurance for your pet! What if it was your dog injured or ill? How would you pay the vets bills?

You're the liable party here, your dog wasn't under control and your dog attacked another animal. You need to speak to the neighbour and arrange to pay in instalments. Giving flowers and chocolates isn't going to go anywhere near the cost of treatment and ongoing care for the rabbit and could be seen as taking the piss, frankly. And telling the neighbour a flat 'no I won't pay' is likely to end with you going to court and ending up paying even more. Suck up the cost, get insurance for your pet and make sure your dog is always under control.

mustiwearabra Wed 28-Jun-17 14:51:09

Unfortunately it's up to you to pay up (dog owner here). Dog went with its natural instincts and should have been under control/in a garden with solid and high boundaries. Hard to comment more unless we know exactly what happened.

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