When Good Dogs Go Bad – The Conclusion

wpid-20150118_100856.jpgAbout 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. wpid-20150118_101053.jpg

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

39 thoughts on “When Good Dogs Go Bad – The Conclusion

  1. oh boy… that’s a lot … I cross my paws that all goes well and that it comes to a good end for all. It’s great that Breck feels better and that he shows no signs of fear or aggression when he meets other dogs.

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  2. I couldn’t believe this when I first read it. So, because Your dog was bitten – you had to pay all of this?? When I was reading your post, I assumed the vets/county would contact your neighbours – about Their dog!
    Poor Breck! I am happy he has healed well – now your Purse is a different matter!

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    • No! This is what Tino’s dad had to pay. No $$ came out of my pocketbook, thank goodness.
      I hope he learned a lesson, but don’t think he did. Now he thinks the government is bad and blames them for his fines. I’m not a fan of the gov, however there are things you need to do to fit in to society. Getting your dog shots is one of them. Or don’t let your dog socialize, pick one.
      Just curious, what requirements are needed for dogs in the Cape? Is rabies a big thing there also?
      Here we immunize for rabies, kennel cough, heartworm. There are minor others, but those are the biggies.

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      • Responsible owners vaccinate their dogs every year, Rabies and some 5 in 1 thing i think. Kennel cough you only need if boarding your dogs – but LM caught it from dog class a few years ago – and was fine. I de-worm my dogs 4 times a year.
        All rescue organisations vaccinate, deworm and sterilise their dogs.
        There is no longer any dog licence here, but you are supposed to have your dogs registered in an online data base, and numbers of pets – dog or cat – are limited to the size of your property. Most people microchip their dogs too 🙂

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  3. It’s so sad that a dog gets “hit” as a result of the stupidity of its owner. What’s worse is the owner generally just doesn’t get it and simply makes excuses. I guess the alternative is they would have to take responsibility for it and, heaven knows, they wouldn’t want to do that! Sadly, that dog is probably going to pay for its owners immaturity with its life, and probably not too far down the road.

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  4. I have to say when reading this I thought you had to pay it but it certainly is a little better that the other owner had to. But, as you said, he’s probably just more disgruntled than ever which is not a good thing for his neighbors. Glad your fur child is doing okay.

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    • You were the second commenter to say they though I had to pay this, hence I went back to the edit screen to change that. =-) No, I paid nothing.
      I really do like Tino’s dad, as a neighbor. Not sure if I would have him as a friend if he wasn’t my neighbor. There’s that small tickle in my spine that says, “Hey, keep an eye on this guy”. However, he’s not done anything bad to us yet and actually has been a good neighbor. Well, until Breck’s attack…

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  5. Hi Ilex,
    So sorry to hear Breck got attacked and about the vet bill. It must have been awful. I hope he continues to heal well and develops no psychological issues.
    I looked up footage of Chaser that very clever border collie you mentioned and he was amazing. We then started thinking about how many words Bilbo can understand and he’s doing well. Another one of his tricks is that when you call Lady, he comes and usually she doesn’t. It took him a bit of time but I think he finally established himself as top dog.

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    • Breck is doing much better, thanks.
      Dogs amaze me daily as to what they are capable doing. I couldn’t live without my furkids =-)
      Bilbo sure sound like a smartie pants, be careful how high up the ladder he intends on getting… Haha!

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      • It’s my daughter I have to watch out for and my son…particularly due to my health which can sideline me. Sometimes, I need them to step up but then it’s hard to get them to settle back into the ranks too. Bilbo has been known to step in there too. He is such a good dog and the kids really can play up and I’m sure he’s wondering why he sleeps outside while they sleep in the house xx Rowena

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  6. wow, that’s outrageous. Those types need to keep generating over-the-top fees so they can pay themselves and all the other leeches . . . I mean ‘public servants’ . . . that bloat the bureaucracy.

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  7. I feel very sorry for the pit bull. Such an unfortunate case. Maybe Tino’s owner might wake up but as you have written most asshats do not. I figure they do not want to admit that they are in the wrong and/or too lazy to learn how to deal with a dominant breed. Pits can be some of the very best pets with the right owner. Those dogs don’t have to be aggressive with a short fuse.. Such a shame for all concerned.

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  8. I was so happy to read this and learn that there was a followup related to a dog on dog attack. Even better, your neighbour was held accountable for their dog’s behaviour. In my opinion, they got off lucky – it could have been a child.
    Glad to hear your furry one is recovering without any apparent trauma 🙂

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  9. Glad Breck is healing well and that you’ve not had to pay anything. It’ll be a shame if Tino’s owner learns nothing from this or if he blames Tino. Hopefully the lesson is one he never forgets.

    I don’t think it’s too much to say people with bad kids should have to take a class! 😉

    Dogs bounce back pretty well. I don’t know how to do it but Caesar Milan often brings dogs back together that have fought, and fairly soon after. I’m not so confident as him. Has your neighbor said anything to you, I mean does he seem remorseful? I certainly didn’t know they keep records of dog on dog either, I’m not sure what they do in the counties I frequent but that’s an interesting factoid. I wonder what they do with the information? And what happens over time, say if there’s another ‘incident’?

    Thanks for updating us on this! Glad it wasn’t worse. 🙂

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    • I don’t think Tino’s pop learned a thing. He’s feels bad, I’m sure he’s not totally evil. Just a bit daft.
      While I was on the phone with the dog catcher, she looked his address up and stated there were no dogs registered there. I think a dog gets two ‘non-vicious’ bites. Not sure if there is a time period restriction.
      I usually like Caesar’s advice, however I Like Ian Hunter’s advice better, “Once bitten, twice shy”!!

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          • Ah what a shame. I just did an interview with a member of a Pit Bull rescue in Chicago. Their best advice to Pit Bull owners is to train your dog, help them to be well-mannered and show the world that it’s not so much about the breed rather the individual dog. Unfortunately they all suffer at our hands but we tend to blame the dogs nonetheless. I’ll post the interview within the coming week, hopefully. 🙂

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            • Great, I’m looking forward to reading it! I rarely blame the dog. Rarely I say, because I think my sis-in-laws dog was ‘off’. They didn’t help the situation, however the first day I met him, I felt the ‘off-ness’. He wasn’t just teething, he really wanted to bite you hard. There was no reasoning with her tho, she wanted this dog, bad.

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  10. That is really unfortunate. 😦 It really breaks my heart that you hear people advocating all the time how gentle pit bulls are, but not being responsible enough to teach how strong willed they are. You have to be a special fur-parent to own a strong willed dog. Pit Bulls are not dogs that just anyone should have. They have to be dedicated to them 24/7 especially in the first year or so of the pups life. I am glad that your dog is doing well.

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    • You’re very much correct! I’ve never had an issue with any pit bulls before this. I’ve also had strong willed, large dog before, an Akita.
      This is a classic case of an owner who thinks the dog comes trained. So sad for the dog. This is why PB’s get bad raps. Bad owners! Sad sad sad.

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