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Hello everyone yesterday my dog attacked our neighbors dog, my dog has never had any aggressive behavior this was not the first time he saw the neighbors dog since we moved to this neighborhood so I don’t understand why she reacted the way she did, my husband had a little accident on his left wrist on Friday so while he was walking our dog I guess the leash slipped out of his hand and he couldn’t pulled it hard enough to stop our dog so he went straight to the neighbors dog, who was also walking her dog, my husband tried to separate them and did after 6 or 7 seconds everything happened so quick that all he could do was checked the neighbors dog to see if he was bleeding or something but he wasn’t, there were no wounds, the Owner of the dog told my husband she was fine but she was scared so she left quickly. That same day her husband was at our front door asking for our names and phone number, he told my husband his wife and the dog were fine that there were no wounds or anything and that he was not gonna call the police because nothing happened and they love dogs so he understood that was an accident. This morning he called my husband again asking if our dog had her rabies shot and obviously s he does, the problem is that we just recently moved and I can’t find the rabies vaccination certificate anywhere, we took her last year to one of those places that does it for cheaper at the outside of pet stores Or groceries store. What should I do now? She says she needs proof and I understand her I totally do but I’m not lying. And she also called my husband saying that she was also attacked by our dog while trying to cover up her dog and she wants to call AC for them to take my dog to have it in quarentine but I’m pretty sure they will put my dog down because she is a bull terrier and they are identified as aggressive animals and I don’t want that to happen. Please give me some advice, Thanks in advance
 

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This is what I'd do.

(a) Work harder at finding the rabies shot info. If you can come up with who administered the shot, they probably can find you in their records. If you can't find any record of the most recent shot, work at finding a record of any rabies shot ever given to your dog. If you can't find that, see if any of the vets in your area offer test for rabies titer (titer shows dog has immunity to the disease tested for). It's an expensive test and doesn't satisfy governmental legal requirements, but it might shut the neighbors up. And if you can't find proof of the vaccination, get your dog another one and keep the paperwork safe this time.

(b) Write down your and your husband's recollection of any interactions with these people and what they said. Don't talk to them again. Tell them you're going to get a lawyer and they'll have to talk to him. And actually try to find a lawyer with experience in animal law in case that doesn't back them off.

(c) Make double [email protected] sure this never happens again. No matter how you feel about your dog, this is a breed a lot of people look at askance You have to be ten times as careful as someone with a Golden or Lab.

I had a kind of, sort of similar experience with one of my Rottweilers years ago. I stupidly left my yard gate open and Dance got out and was in a neighbor's yard when she got home. Evidently he acted aggressively - he was actually a rescue and on the fearful side, but I believe he put on that kind of show - and she was afraid to get out of the car with her kid. She called animal control and sat there until they arrived. By the time I realized the dog was missing, animal control was cruising the streets near our houses looking for the dog. I went down there on foot and asked if the officer was looking for my dog. Yup. While we were talking, the dog showed up and came over to me. The officer said he'd never have realized it was the same dog, that Dance had been acting aggressively when he first drove up to the neighbor's.

Anyway, I was polite, humble, and very very apologetic to everyone. The officer said because I behaved that way he wasn't going to issue me a summons and didn't. Left. I never heard any more from Animal Control. However -

The next day the neighbor was on the phone to tell me the experience had so traumatized her kid he was having nightmares. I was humble and apologetic to her too, but it only made her worse. So I told her I'd have the dog euthanized and bring the body to her house so the kid could see the dog was dead and he didn't have to be afraid any more. She shut up, backed off, and that was the last I heard from her.

I wouldn't recommend doing what I did, just thought the story might help you realize that some people see incidents like this as a chance to make trouble. Have to wonder if getting rich off a lawsuit isn't in the back of their minds.
 

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This won’t help you but may to others reading: having a low cost vaccination clinic isn’t always so great. I always use my vets. If I lose the info, I can get it from,them.

This just dawned on me. Do you have to register your dogswhere you live? If yes, did they take a copy of your rabies certificate?

If not, you have nothing to do but wait and see it out. Injured wrist or not, your husband did not maintain control of your dog and you are liable for any damages.
 

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I don't know myself but the tag that is issued when a rabies shot is given, the number is suppose to be registered some where in the state???? I know in the stone age days, the pound use to be able to use the rabies tag to locate the owners information ..
 

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I don't know myself but the tag that is issued when a rabies shot is given, the number is suppose to be registered some where in the state???? I know in the stone age days, the pound use to be able to use the rabies tag to locate the owners information ..
Not that I know of. My animals' rabies tags have the name of the vet clinic and their address and phone number on it. However, they use aluminum tags, and after a year and a half of the dogs wearing them, they are practically illegible. Good thing they also wear a stainless steel ID tag and are microchipped.

Put the certificate with the rest of your important papers, so that you will know where it is.
 
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