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Old 12-27-2018, 07:50 PM
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First off I am the proud dog mom of a 3 year old, Black American Lab/German Shorthaired Pointer Mix, female, named Athena.

Since she was little she has not been good around small animals except for our cat, Betty.

After research I learned that German Shorthaired Pointers do not coexist well with small animals that they have not been raised with. Their hunting instincts kick in and they think of the small animal as "game."

Last night I was at my friend's house and we were baking. I had to leave to go to my parents and she said that Athena (my dog) could stay. This was not the first time that she had watched her and she was aware that she could not be around other dogs. I even reminded her before I left to not let her in the front yard because I saw a smaller dog outside running around in the neighbor's yard.

While I was away one of her friend's called and asked if her and her family could come over. They had their small Chihuahua with them and asked if they should take it home. She said it wouldn't be a problem and to come over.

When her friend's came over they did not introduce the dogs, they just allowed the dog to run inside the house. My dog saw the dog come in and bit it. My friend got her off of the dog but the dog had 3 lacerations on it's back.

This all happened in a span of 5 minutes. I arrived too late and directed them to a 24 hour clinic. I called this morning and the bill is estimated to be $3000. They are assuming that I am going to pay the entire balance.

Does anyone know if I am obligated to pay the entire amount? Am I in complete responsibility? Should I ask my friend to report it on her home insurance policy? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:19 AM
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Oh man. It's absolutely not your fault though. I would absolutely not pay anything - yes, it's your dog, but you didn't put your dog in that situation - your friend did.


I sure would never take my dog there again though.
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Dog Law :: Dog Bites > Who Is Liable: Owners and Keepers :: DogLaw.HugPug.com Here is a link. Hope this helps.
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I do believe that legally, since you are the owner of the dog, they can come after you. If I was your friend I'd offer to pay for 1/2 the bill since I was watching the dog when the bite happened.
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I do not know the laws in your area, but I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am about the whole incident! How completely stressful for you, your dog, and everyone else involved.

So very sorry this happened to you and your dog. I hope the little chihuahua heals quickly, too.

By the way, I am so happy to see your dog's name is Athena. My forum handle is AthenaLove, named in honor of my soul mate dog Athena, who is now in doggie heaven. She was blue heeler and pointer mix.

Good luck with everything and hugs to your Athena.

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