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My in laws want us to pay for the medical expenses FIL incurred because our dog bit him and I am refusing EDIT

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This is Gretta, she is part lab, pit and Austrailian Shepard

Why, because I TOLD FIL not to pick up the baby. The dog, Gretta, who is very well trained has taken it upon herself to be my 2 month olds personal bodyguard. She is fine with me, DH and anyone she knows picking up the baby but if it's someone she doesn't know, she doesn't  like it, she thinks they are trying to hurt the baby.

If I put the baby in his seat, she goes and sits right next to him, if he takes a nap, she goes and lays next to his bassinet. She has NEVER been aggressive with the baby or anyone, she is sweet as she can be and very well trained. She is 5 years old and I have had her since she was 8 weeks old.

Now Gretta doesn't know FIL because MIL is allergic to dogs so anytime they come over, we put her in our bedroom (Gretta, not MIL). Yesterday, FIL came over without MIL (MIL was at work) to see the baby. I offered FIL a drink, he asked for a tea and I went to get it. Before I left the room, the baby was sleeping in his seat, I told FIL just go ahead and sit down, I'll get the baby for you in a second, Gretta doesn't like it when people she doesn't know go for the baby. Gretta growled, I heard her from the kitchen so I ran out and said "no, don't do it she will bite" He said, "I'll be fine" and he wasn't, he got too close, didn't heed the growling and she bit him. He needed 4 stitches on his hand. The only reason it wasn't worse was because I yelled "heel" to Gretta and she stopped right away.

DH was home during the whole thing, in our room taking a nap, he heard Gretta growl and came running, knowing something was wrong.

At first FIL said he was calling animal control and going to have her put down. Animal control contacted us and said that because she did growl first and he was warned about he trigger behavior (going for the baby) they aren't going to do anything to the dog. Nor can he sue us as he also threatened.

FIL's medical insurance has a $500 co pay for an ER visit and he wants us to pay for it. HELL NO, he was told not to and he did it anyway, he can pay for it himself.

For those saying he could sue because it's my dog, in my state at least, you are wrong. The person from animal control told me, and I confirmed it with an attorney, that because I warned FIL not to go near the baby with the dog there, him doing so was at his own risk. He can't turn around and sue over it (and what kind of person threatens to sue their son and DDIL anyway? but he did)

Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM
This, he was warned by you then your dog yet he still went for your baby.

Quoting skyelyns_mommie:

I agree with you. It was his fault
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by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Totally on him!

by Ruby Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM

 I agree, he was stupid and selfish and now he has a wound that proves it.  But if they decide to sue, the law may side with them; in most cases if someone knows their dog can be aggressive and doesn't take steps to protect visitors they're liable.  If I were you I would be putting Gretta in the bedroom whenever any visitor comes in for the foreseeable future, just to be on the safe side.  Your visitors will be safe and poor Gretta won't be stressed seeing strangers touching her baby.  Good luck.

by Diamond Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM

His fault.

by Diamond Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

She is really cute !

by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

His fault, I agree. I did want to add though that your dog thinks she "owns" your child. She may feel the need to put your child in their place as they grow older. Not saying she will but her state of mind is one of dominance to your child. Just something to watch for. 

by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM
I wouldn't pay for crap.
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by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM
Really that's his fault. No I wouldn't.
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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Because he was warned not to, and he even admits that, he can't do anything. It's like a person breaking into your backyard if you have a beware of dog sign and then suing you for any damages the dog it. Once you warn someone, they are on their own, at least in my state.

Quoting ElitestJen:

You're liable legally.  It was your dog in your home.  Hope he doesn't sue you.

by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

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