While we were gone, a friend of mine watched our dogs. (I almost considered calling Motherboard, but figured the commute was unfair.) My friend Tina has a dog of her own, Sugar. So Tuesday night, Suuperman aka The Dog Whisperer takes our dogs over and gets them all used to one another. After a few minutes they were fine.
A few days later, the dogs got into a fight. It was the two females - her Sugar and our Lacey. Tina had her kids playing outside, and Lacey started to play with Kendall (a 4 yo girl.) Kendall squealed, but Sugar mistook her sound of pleasure for one of pain. She felt she had to defend her pup, so went after Lacey. Lacey of course wasn't NOT going to fight back. Unfortunately, the dogs did get into it. There was a little blood. And Kendall and a 2 yo boy were right in the middle of it at first.
Tina heard the kids start to yell and ran out there. Her neighbor just happened to be outside and jumped the fence to help stop the fight.
They got the dogs off each other, and Lacey and Sugar just stayed away from each other the remainder of the time. (Tina did consider bringing our dogs back to our house, but one time in the summer some neighbor kids let our dogs out and she was worried it would happen again.)
While this is not good news, the part I want to tell you all about is the neighbor who jumped the fence.
We don't know him. He's about 40 with a nice handlebar mustache. Tina knows him, since she lives next door, and he is always up in her business. Trying to parent her kids, telling her what to do with her dog.....all kinds of stuff.
Apparently, this guy has a bad back. So when he jumped the 4.5 foot fence, he hurt his back. Once the fight was over, he was saying he couldn't feel his legs and asked Tina to call an ambulence. He was taken to the ER, given lots of morphine (which supposedly did nothing to ease the pain), had an MRI, found that nothing was wrong and went home the next day.
And now he wants us to pay for it!!!!!!!
He willingly jumped the fence. Knowing he has a bad back. He technically trespassed onto Tina's property. The dogs were not attacking the kids. Lacey wasn't even the one who started it!!! (Not the Tina should pay either - I"m just sayin'.) The dogs didn't bite him. They weren't his resposibility. Tina came out and broke it up.
And he wants us to pay his hospital bill!!! He said either that, or get our dogs into obedience school and show him a certificate of graduation. (Who died and made him boss of the world?) In case you missed it, my husband is a dog trainer. We have well behaved dogs!! But when they are attacked, they're going to fight back. It's instinct, not disobedience. (And Sugar was acting on instinct, too. She thought her pup was in trouble.)
The man says that Lacey was trying to get at his dog through the fence. This doesn't surprise me. We have a VERY aggresive dog who lives next to us. He has taught Lacey to bark at dogs through fences. No matter how many times we tell her to stop, the other dog always gets her back to barking again. So I believe him when he says Lacey was barking at his dog. But it is a chainlink fence. She's not going to get through it. And she doesn't jump. His dog was NOT in danger.
Anyway.......I cannot beLIEVE he thinks we would pay for his trip to the hospital. Tina said that when he was having her call the ambulence, she thought he was playing it up, but couldn't figure out why. When she first told me the story of the fight and about him going to the ER, I just knew that he was going to want us to pay for it. And he only told Tina what he wanted from us after I took the dogs home yesterday. She didn't know when she was telling me about the incident.
So what would you guys do? Superman wants to do the right thing. (He's noble like that.) I, on the other hand, have no problem telling him exactly what we will or will not be doing. I told Superman that you can't teach a person common sense. (Can you? Like, do they offer classes at the local rec. center?)
We have absolutely NO legal responsibilty here, right? He wasn't bitten, we didn't MAKE him jump the fence with a bad back. It's not our property, it wasn't his repsonsibility. His dog wasn't hurt.
What would you do? What should we do?