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Thread: Anyone ever have to testify? (My dog was attacked by another dog)

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    If I may ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushy23 View Post
    So last Friday night my 10 year old Chocolate Lab, Rufus, was attacked by a loose pit bull. I was walking Rufus on a leash in the common area of our neighborhood when this loose dog ran up and attacked my dog. It was horrible. Totally unprovoked as my dog didn't see it until it was on us. She eventually latched onto my dogs foot and wouldn't let go. I was trying to pull her off while kicking her, but I didn't want to pull my own dog's foot apart or get attacked myself! After yelling and screaming for help (I'm a 39 year old dude, it was plenty loud) finally neighbors from like 8 townhomes away came and helped beat the pitbull until it released. They were able to throw it into their yard and call animal control. I took my dog to the emergency vet where he got tons of staples in his foot and the base of his ear, which was torn up. He is doing much better now. Animal control came to the emergency vet and took pictures and my statement. The officer actually had the dog in custody and said it was likely a fighting dog because it had scars and was emaciated. Lovely. She called me the other day and said the owner came forward. Unfortunately the only path forward is to testify in court about the attack and then animal control can fine the owner and place restrictions on the dog. Has anyone done this before? What is it like? So the dog won't be killed...but it will be given back to this POS owner. I am assuming I would have to sue the owner to get my vet bills back, right? Ugh, that seems like it would cost more than I would get back! Any advice? To make things a bit more complicated, we moved into a new house this past weekend. I know the address of the pitbull owner and it is in my old neighborhood. He asked the officer for my address(according to the officer it is public knowledge since it is in the report)...perhaps to apologize? I don't know. He claimed the dog was missing for weeks. But it was still in the neighborhood! I am just a little worried if he is in fact involved in dog fighting, will he come after me if I testify? Things like that. I am not scared and I want to do the right thing, but I also have a wife and two kids to worry about! I will definitely tell the HOA about this owner having a pitbull. They are not allowed in the neighborhood. Thanks for listening!
    This is one reason why one should always carry a good carry knife. With a good knife, during the attack, you could have killed that damn dog and ended any of its possible future attacks. Start with puncturing the lungs then attack its neck and eyes. As 39 years old man you should know this, screaming doesn't do a damn bit of good. If it was attacking your wife or girlfriend, would you be screaming as well? A dead pitbull is the best kind of pitbull.
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    I went to court on July 31st but we never even went before the judge. I spoke with the state's attorney about 15 minutes before our case was supposed to start and she asked if there had been any more problems and I said no. Then she asked what I would like to see happen and I said that I just wanted some kind of record that the guys dogs were a problem because if they got out again and hurt(or killed) a kid or someone's pet I would feel responsible for not reporting them. She recommended dropping all but one charge for allowing the dog that he still has to be at large and I agreed to that. She spoke with my neighbor and he agreed to plead guilty to that charge so I was allowed to leave at that point. Hopefully there won't be any more issues but I am still carrying my dog repellent spray when I walk my dogs in the evenings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bman View Post
    I went to court on July 31st but we never even went before the judge. I spoke with the state's attorney about 15 minutes before our case was supposed to start and she asked if there had been any more problems and I said no. Then she asked what I would like to see happen and I said that I just wanted some kind of record that the guys dogs were a problem because if they got out again and hurt(or killed) a kid or someone's pet I would feel responsible for not reporting them. She recommended dropping all but one charge for allowing the dog that he still has to be at large and I agreed to that. She spoke with my neighbor and he agreed to plead guilty to that charge so I was allowed to leave at that point. Hopefully there won't be any more issues but I am still carrying my dog repellent spray when I walk my dogs in the evenings.
    I hope your neighbor does what he says he will do. Some people are so arrogant, and all. If he is smart, he will not let it happen again, or he will lose his dog; forever. Stay safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bman View Post
    I went to court on July 31st but we never even went before the judge. I spoke with the state's attorney about 15 minutes before our case was supposed to start and she asked if there had been any more problems and I said no. Then she asked what I would like to see happen and I said that I just wanted some kind of record that the guys dogs were a problem because if they got out again and hurt(or killed) a kid or someone's pet I would feel responsible for not reporting them. She recommended dropping all but one charge for allowing the dog that he still has to be at large and I agreed to that. She spoke with my neighbor and he agreed to plead guilty to that charge so I was allowed to leave at that point. Hopefully there won't be any more issues but I am still carrying my dog repellent spray when I walk my dogs in the evenings.
    The first Calvert Animal Hearings Board Meeting was held tonight in PF, which I attended. Two dogs deemed dangerous were taken off the list but the 3rd, a GSD, with a previous bite history and shock collar/underground fencing; will continue to be deemed dangerous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frequentflier View Post
    The first Calvert Animal Hearings Board Meeting was held tonight in PF, which I attended. Two dogs deemed dangerous were taken off the list but the 3rd, a GSD, with a previous bite history and shock collar/underground fencing; will continue to be deemed dangerous.
    Wow. You are so awesome to take the time to be county active. You just proved that Pitts are not the only bad dogs. Thanks, ff, for all you do.
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    http://countytimes.somd.com/read/calvert.php

    This is a case I care a lot about in CC as I drive by there several times a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frequentflier View Post
    http://countytimes.somd.com/read/calvert.php

    This is a case I care a lot about in CC as I drive by there several times a day.
    I never understood why people have pets if they don't let them live inside the house. I can't even imagine leaving Daisy outside all the time (not to mention my history from 10 years old with many pets; it all started when I found an abandoned calico kitten in a tree in my front yard in NOLA; named her Kitty and she lived to 21). Makes no sense. Thanks for caring about our furry friends. I do want to say, I/we have always been rescuers, but we got Daisy and Toby (Labradoodles; in the top 5 for hypoallergenic) two years ago because of grown dot's severe allergies that she endured growing up with the rescues. All pups and kits are wonderful; they just need someone to love them back.
    Last edited by littlelady; 08-10-2017 at 12:33 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LightRoasted View Post
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    This is one reason why one should always carry a good carry knife. With a good knife, during the attack, you could have killed that damn dog and ended any of its possible future attacks. Start with puncturing the lungs then attack its neck and eyes. As 39 years old man you should know this, screaming doesn't do a damn bit of good. If it was attacking your wife or girlfriend, would you be screaming as well? A dead pitbull is the best kind of pitbull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frequentflier View Post
    http://countytimes.somd.com/read/calvert.php

    This is a case I care a lot about in CC as I drive by there several times a day.
    Thats terrible, how can those poor dogs live in those horrid conditions. Do you know the people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmygdaughters View Post
    Thats terrible, how can those poor dogs live in those horrid conditions. Do you know the people?
    No but I live in the neighborhood. I called AC once when I drove by and it was 18 degrees out with snow on the ground. Since we were under a snow emergency, AC was not working and called several days later to see if I still wanted a check welfare done! The ACO officer reported the people said they bring the dogs indoors in bad weather. Uh, yeah, right. Doesn't matter if it is snowing, sleeting, 90 degrees- there are dogs chained to trees.
    There are two females that have had multiple litters and there are now three more females running loose that one could assume are for breeding purposes.
    AC says everything is fine at both properties
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