My brother-in-law's father has a chow mix named Jack and this dog is always snapping at the kids, which is why they keep him locked up when we're over there. Well, we were invited over there on Wednesday for a BBQ and I brought along my collie, Maggie. Somehow, Jack got out of the pen and bit my sister's five year old when he tried to pet him. (He didn't know the dog would bite, having never actually met this dog) Luckily, Maggie was able to get to him because there wasn't a nearby adult that could get to him in time and she tore open the side of his face when she pulled him off of the child. My brother-in-law's father took the dog to the vet today and we assumed he was going to have him put down but, when my sister and her husband went over to comfort him tonight, she found the dog in the living room with stitches in the side of his face. Now, he's pissed at me because I brought an aggressive dog to his house and wants me to pay the vet bill and says that we should have been watching my nephew better and teach him not to go up to strange dogs. He's blaming the incident on us.
I understand that he loves his dog but I wouldn't have a dog that I couldn't trust around children and I certainly wouldn't have one that bit a child. I grew up in a very dog friendly household but biting a child was an automatic death sentence. He says he'll be more careful next time but how can he trust him. That's an eighty pound dog and, though the bite wasn't serious this time, largely thanks to Maggie, he did need a few stitches. After much arguing, he's now saying that my brother-in-law let the dog out on purpose to get Jack in trouble. I told him he would have to take me to court if he wanted me to pay the vet bills. He claims he was told by a lawyer that a judge will stick to the facts, that my dog attacked his dog, and that the fact that she was provoked didn't matter. He's full of shit.
I would understand if a dog bit an adult when he was provoked, like if someone was breaking into your house or trying to hurt their owner but there was no excuse for him to attack a five year old without provacation. Maybe I'm being a little overly harsh because it's my nephew and he's blaming my dog but what do you think? If your dog bit a child, would you put him down?
Answer by myownhappiness at 4:56 AM on Apr. 8, 2011
Answer by BAMAROSE132322 at 4:56 AM on Apr. 8, 2011
I had to deal with this with our own dog. We had a small dog who was SO very sweet. He slept with me and loved to cuddle. But he just didn't like kids. After he snapped (not bit) at my 3 year old I gave him away to someone who didn't have children. I don't think he deserved to die just because he didn't get a long with children but I do think that had I kept him, it would have made me irresponsible and risking something even worse happening. Did your brother in law in fact let him out? In that case, I would say it's his fault. You don't let other peoples animals out especially ones you don't know. And I would refrain from taking my dog to someone elses house just to avoid this kind of bs. Some dogs don't like kids, he should have been restrained the entire time.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 4:57 AM on Apr. 8, 2011
Having to pay the vet bills? I'm split on that one. You took your dog onto that dogs property. Regardless of the dog biting the child, your dog bit and caused damage to him that had to be paid for. This is the kind of BS I mean't when I said to refrain from taking your dog to someone elses house. I'm not sure legally what you would be required to do, if anything. I'm sure with his dog biting the child, he doesn't REALLY want to go to court.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 5:01 AM on Apr. 8, 2011
Answer by myownhappiness at 5:01 AM on Apr. 8, 2011
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