About a month ago, my boy Breck got chewed on by a neighbors pit-bull, Tino. The bite was bad enough to have to go to the vet… The emergency vet, as these things never happen during normal business hours.
He’s healed-up really well and his hair is starting to grow back. He seems no worse for wear after the incident. The day after the attack, we had my brother come over with his Bull Mastiff, Raven. She is such a gentle giant. Breck didn’t seem fearful of her, so we figure he’s not too mentally traumatized by this.
So when we were at the emergency vet, they started to ask us questions about the attack. We didn’t think anything of it, we just thought it was all related to the health of our furchild. They asked if we knew the dog that bit him, I said, “Yes, it was the neighbors, we’re told he has all of his shots, tho.” They then asked for his name, followed by asking for his address. When I asked why, they told me it was for the bite report that will be going to the county. I only thought they reported dog on human bites, not dog on dog. The report taker let me know that the county would be calling me for the information Monday morning.
Monday morning was the first call from Animal Control. I missed it. Then on Tuesday, they called and the message stated that if I didn’t get back to them, they would send an officer over to talk to us! Gesh, some of us work for a living and can’t answer calls at work! Anywho. I called back and gave them the details.
In the end, this is what it will cost Tino’s Dad to save money from not neutering his dog or giving him any vaccinations:
- Emergency Vet for Breck – $455.00
- Two vet visits for Tino / Test for Rabies and Rabies shot – $425.00
- One year county registration for a non-neutered dog – $150.00
- Fine for not having a registration – $100.00
$1,130.00 that could have gone to many other things.
© – Ilex Farrell