I screwed up and my dog bit someone else's dog *ETA*
DH blames the dog, but it was our fault. One of the kids left the gate open, and we didn't check before letting them outside - just assumed it was shut. Some people were walking their Yorkie and stopped on the sidewalk on our driveway to do something (fix the collar, idk) but they were there for a while. Anyway, my great dane/doberman mix got out and bit their dog. They took their dog to the vet. They came over with the police (understandable). We offered to pay their vet bills (of course) and they agreed. Police wrote DH (4) $750 tickets. One labeling him as a vicious dog now, one for him getting out, one for no rabies tag (which we may get dropped because we had one but didn't have it handy), and one for not having him registered to the town yet (we've only lived there a few weeks and haven't gotten around to it even though we should have). So $3,000 in tickets plus the necessary registration, the cost of building a new gate, and $650 for their dogs' vet bills. It's really stacking up - really expensive mistake.
Good news I guess is that their dog didn't get too hurt because there was nothing about any stitches or anything on the bill, so that was a relief - I feel bad enough as it is, I'd hate to know he caused any real serious damage. So the guy is a county sheriff. He came over and demanded the money and got really mad when DH asked him to sign a little note/receipt for the cash. Since we have to go to court, I thought it would be good to provide paperwork that he was paid. He also didn't want to give us a copy of the bill - but let DH take a "PICTURE" of it on his phone. (I wasn't home to help tell DH how dumb that was).
Anyway, now I don't know if this guy is going to come back with a bigger bill, or say we didn't pay him or what. I'm also terrified of going to court and getting killed with these tickets. I understand it was my mistake, so I'm not trying to say I don't deserve these tickets, but damn, about $4,000 mistake.
Any advice? Or feel free to bash away, it can't be any worse than DH and I have already said to each other, and ourselves. I feel that it's causing a HUGE problem in our marriage because we are still fighting about it and going head to head placing blame, etc...
ETA: I may have not been clear enough. The guy is not the police for our town, but he is a police officer. He came to our home in his (other town) uniform, imo to intimidate us. So we technically didn't "pay the police", but paid the dog owner.
Question though, do you think I could go to the police and tell them I feel intimidated to go over there and ask them if maybe THEY can go by and grab a copy of the receipt? I don't want to piss the owner off and have him screw me for even more money - like pad the bill or something - but I need to protect myself.