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Ddog has been bitten, not sure what to do

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Notthecarwashagain Thu 25-Feb-16 20:33:09

One of our dogs was jumped on today while she was on lead.
Because she's a nervy shakey dog, we thought she was just frightened, so when the owner of the other dog (neighbour) knocked a few minutes later to ask if she was ok, I said yes she's just frightened.
However after a couple of hours she was still trembling and eyes bulging, and DD discovered a couple of puncture wounds.

I've taken her to the vet and she's now got painkillers and antibiotics (and the cone of shame)
But I don't know what to do next, I have to tell neighbour, her dog is always running loose along the back of our houses, but don't want to sound confrontational (plus have huge anxiety issues, probably why I'm not just getting on with what I should be doing) and don't know how to word it.

Sorry for the ramble. I suppose I'm just asking how everyone else would handle it?

tabulahrasa Thu 25-Feb-16 20:42:27

I take my bolshier friend and the vet's bill...well the once that applied that's what I did, lol.

TheFlyingFauxPas Thu 25-Feb-16 20:43:34

Owner of other dog visited to check so they sound like a decent sort. I'd go visit them and tell them what you've just told us. Is there a way their dog can be contained? If I were owner of biting dog I'd be mortified. I'm new to this dog owning business. Can dogs be insured 3 rd party on case they injure another? Are you looking at them covering vet bills?
Sorry your dd has had such a bad experience. 😞

Lokibuddyboo Thu 25-Feb-16 20:53:57

Go tell them that after the dog calmed down alittle you were able to check it over and found the puncture wounds and that ddog has been to vet and is on painkillers and antibiotics and give them the bill.
If their dog attacked yours then they were not in full control of their dog and therefore are liable for the vets bill.

Notthecarwashagain Thu 25-Feb-16 21:52:55

Thanks everyone.
I'll go tomorrow and tell her.
I'm so sad for my dog, she's a rescue and very nervy anyway.

My neighbour's dog just runs around free all the time around the back of the houses. It's been in the park and peoples gardens in the last few days but we've always been told that "she's friendly and just wants to play"

I wasn't planning on asking for vets bill to be paid, but want it be known that the "playing" isn't as much fun for other dogs as it is hers.

Thanks again. Think I'm just a bit shocked.

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Thu 25-Feb-16 22:11:09

I hate owners like that. They're the ones whose dogs come bounding up to yours with them cheerfully waving and saying it's ok, he's friendly. They always seem blissfully unaware that they actually need to keep their dogs under control. Not just for everyone else's safety but the dog's too. Idiots.

Notthecarwashagain Sat 27-Feb-16 07:08:18

Just to update, yesterday I was at my back gate because I'd seen the dog wandering around and was about to nip over and say about the dog biting, when I heard dog screaming (same as mine did) I went out and it'd charged up the road and attacked next doors lovely spaniel as he was being let out of the car sad

I've since spoken to next door, and their dog has needed staples and is in quite a bad way. My dog is long legged and skinny, whereas their spaniel is on the bigger side so more to grab onto.

Now the further along neighbour is saying her dog did not bite mine (despite apologising earlier) and only went for the spaniel because next door hit it with his walking stick (which is rubbish, he's elderly and tried to get it off with his walking stick)
They would have known that if they were anywhere near. There were plenty of witnesses-again which they would have known.
The owner wasn't there at the time, her friends were tinkering with their car 'looking after the dog', but were nowhere near when it happened, and just ambled over after.

So much for me not wanting to look confrontational.
What a mess.

Notthecarwashagain Sat 27-Feb-16 07:09:47

And yes MsAdorabelle, that's exactly how they are!
They actually seem insulted that people don't want their 40kg dog jumping at them.

Catzpyjamas Sat 27-Feb-16 07:19:26

I would report both incidents to the police. I've copied and pasted this from the govt website:

Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

injures someone
makes someone worried that it might injure them
A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if either of the following apply:

it attacks someone’s animal
the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal

RidersOnTheStorm Sat 27-Feb-16 07:22:08

Police, then. You tried to be polite but they own a dangerous dog and it needs putting down.

MummaGiles Sat 27-Feb-16 07:24:26

Yes to reporting to the police/rspca. Imagine if next time it goes for a child. The owner doesn't sound fit to be a dog owner and should have the dog taken away from her.

Catzpyjamas Sat 27-Feb-16 07:25:28

I wouldn't necessarily think it sounds so dangerous that it needed put to sleep but it most definitely does need kept under control.

Notthecarwashagain Sat 27-Feb-16 07:29:05

Thank you smile I think next door have called, and they know about mine too so will have told them.

Feel so sick. If only it was it on a lead and walked instead of being tipped out the back to spend the day wandering around. It's an Akita, so not a small dog (not that that would be any better)

BeachysFlipFlops Sat 27-Feb-16 07:34:08

Might be worth a call to the Dog Warden, if your local council has one.

Two attacks in a short space of time is definitely worth worrying about.

Write down the details of your dogs attack, so you are ready to pass it on. Maybe give a copy to the elderly couple as well, in case they are in contact with the authorities.

Hope your dog feels better soon.

MuttonCadet Sat 27-Feb-16 07:42:01

Oh you poor thing, if they aren't absolutely mortified and controlling their dog police is the only course of action.

Fwiw our newest rescue bit next doors dog (ours was on a lead, next doors dog got too close), we went straight round and apologised, paid for the vets bill and took wine. Our dog now wears a muzzle when out. I was just grateful that they didn't want to go to the police.

Notthecarwashagain Sat 27-Feb-16 07:44:03

Thanks all.
I'm not normally such a ditherer about stuff.
I think it's because I'm a bit of a 'newcomer' here I didn't want to cause a fuss on the street (wrong and silly, I know) Now it's happened again though and it's gone too far to worry about that. Every house on my row has a least 1 dog, so it needs to be controlled now.

Here's my 'unbitten' dog. She has another one not visible in the picture.
She did get off very lightly though.

Notthecarwashagain Sat 27-Feb-16 07:51:47

And just because I can, and because she carries off a cone of shame so unashamedly, here's is one of her lovely face.

SunnyL Sat 27-Feb-16 07:55:47

Akitas are huge dogs and are incredibly powerful. Of course any size dog can be dangerous if out of control but some breeds can you inflict far moredamage thanot others.

Calling the police and the RSPCA (or SSPCA if in scotland) is the kindest route for this dog.

hesterton Sat 27-Feb-16 07:56:05

She is a real beauty. You can see she's traumatised though. Poor thing.

MuttonCadet Sat 27-Feb-16 08:15:59

She's gorgeous! Poor little girl.

MummaGiles Sat 27-Feb-16 08:52:26

Oh what a gorgeous dog. Poor mite. My cat got bitten by another cat but you expect that with cats because they roam free. Dogs need to be controlled.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sat 27-Feb-16 18:40:56

She's a very pretty girl, I hope her wounds heal quickly.

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Sun 28-Feb-16 00:03:26

God these owners are absolutely fucking twats. Report now. An Akita is a big breed and could do someone some serious damage if continually allowed to roam unchecked. It has now learnt that it can attack at will and unfortunately it doesn't have many options left. It is too dangerous and they are too irresponsible and ignorant. I'm so sorry for those poor dogs.

TheFlyingFauxPas Sun 28-Feb-16 00:27:40

I take it back. They don't sound like decent sorts 😞

MissBeaHaving Sun 28-Feb-16 00:50:07

Oh Op how sad your poor little dog looks sad
We have a dog warden in our area,he was marvellous when one of ours was attacked. (also a neighbours dog)
The take incidents like this very seriously.

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