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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bman View Post
    I've never had to go to court to testify but that may change soon, I just filed an affidavit on Tuesday because my neighbor's pitbulls keep getting out and causing trouble. One of them tried to attack my dog while I was walking it on a leash but a good kick to it's head sent it running back home. I'm glad it didn't escalate beyond that. A week or so later both of his pitbulls showed up at my house and tried to attack my dogs through the storm door. I closed the front door to block their view and they ran around back and tried again at the basement door...it's bad when you can't even let your dogs outside in your own yard. I spoke with one neighbor and the same 2 dogs have attacked his rabbit hutches and caused injuries to several rabbits. Another neighbor had to pick their little dog up and run inside. Enough is enough, I can't keep having them threatening my pets and there are several small children nearby and if anything bad were to happen I would feel guilty for not reporting them.
    Calvert Co has recently put together an Animal Matters Hearing Board comprised of volunteers including a local veterinarian, several people involved with animal rescue and rights and I believe a dog trainer/animal behaviorist. They will be hearing court cases and making determinations about *problem animals* (and their owners). Their first meeting was 5/3/17 and I am unsure how quickly they will be in court but I know several of the people involved and am happy to see such a group in this county. I believe they will make a big difference; where local animal control and judges are lacking.
    Hopefully, it will help people like you that are worried about animals that are a threat to the safety of everyone around; with owners that could care less.
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    Bman, this sounds like a true nightmare for not only you, but others. I assume that there is no sense trying to talk to these people? Is there a way that you can get a petition going, or is there an HOA in your neighborhood? I feel badly for you, and for your animals.
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    Thanks for the info frequentflier! I may have to look into that and maybe try to attend a meeting.

    Roman, White Sands does have an HOA but the only thing I have seen for my dues is flowers at the entrance and "Dumpster day" where they bring in dumpsters for the residents once or twice a tear. Which I really don't understand why we are paying for that because if you can load the junk into your vehicle and take it to the HOA office to dump it you can drive 5 minutes to the dang landfill!

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    oh yea, I talked to one of my neighbors today and the dogs got out again this past week and got picked up, the owner had to pay $1000 to get one of the dogs back and apparently he gave the other one up. I don't know if that is true or not and if it is then it is a step in the right direction. I hope that the fact that I filed an affidavit on Tuesday and his dogs were picked up after that will show the Sheriffs that this is a repeat offender and they will keep an eye on him and his dog/dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bman View Post
    oh yea, I talked to one of my neighbors today and the dogs got out again this past week and got picked up, the owner had to pay $1000 to get one of the dogs back and apparently he gave the other one up. I don't know if that is true or not and if it is then it is a step in the right direction. I hope that the fact that I filed an affidavit on Tuesday and his dogs were picked up after that will show the Sheriffs that this is a repeat offender and they will keep an eye on him and his dog/dogs.
    I am glad you are getting the issue resolved. We have a problem at our new house that is fenced with split rail. We have 6 houses surrounding our backyard because of the way our lot sits. Half have dogs. We have two labradoodles. The other dogs are a lab, a shepherd, and two mixes. They bark at each other incessantly, and our granddaughter is always drawn to the mayhem. I don't think the dogs are bad because they wag their tails while they are barking at each other, and we have talked to the neighbor/owners. I hope it will be ok, it is just very annoying. Your situation is different because your neighbor's dogs are not contained. Which I don't understand because there is a leash law in Calvert. But, anyway, I feel sorry for the pit bulls. Humans made them the way they are. Hope all works out for you, and you can feel safe in your own neighborhood.

    One more thought...my dot's bf has a rescued pit bull named Lucy that wouldn't harm a fly. Just wanted to say that. Gotta go to bed. Driving to Waldorf tomorrow for family baby shower. First time I have been back to somd since we moved in October. I hope I don't get nostalgic and sad. I think I probably will.
    Last edited by littlelady; 05-21-2017 at 02:18 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bman View Post
    Thanks for the info frequentflier! I may have to look into that and maybe try to attend a meeting.

    Roman, White Sands does have an HOA but the only thing I have seen for my dues is flowers at the entrance and "Dumpster day" where they bring in dumpsters for the residents once or twice a tear. Which I really don't understand why we are paying for that because if you can load the junk into your vehicle and take it to the HOA office to dump it you can drive 5 minutes to the dang landfill!
    Just to let you know, ff owns Peppers Pet Pantry in Solomons in the Food Lion shopping center. Thought you might want to know so that maybe you can shop local. Yikes, I am not in bed yet! Darn forum!
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    We go to Peppers for the self serv dog baths, and we usually get toys and treats there too.

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    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!
    I know someone who had an azzhole dog and got sued by the neighbors ... he simply ignored all notices. Eventually it caused the jerk with the jerk dog to have some sort of legal issues- but the rub is - the person suing never got squat. Also check your PMer...

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