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My dog got attacked while on our walk last night and is injured

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I was just finishing up my walk last night with Ozzy my 17 pound Australian Terrier when I spotted a couple of people with two off leash dogs in the grass off the side walk. I was almost home and I live in a condo complex so this was one of the grassy areas. There are leash laws here so nobody should have been off leash. Well out of nowhere one of the dogs which looked like possibly an American Bulldog or some kind of bulldog or pitt mix came barreling at us.

The owner of the dog actually started screaming Oh sh*t in a panicky voice like he knew this was bad. If you know this about your dog HOW CAN YOU HAVE IT OFF LEASH? I am normally calm when a dog runs up but this was different, I freaked and started yelling to get his dog but it was too late he grabbed Ozzy and was tearing into him. I was really screaming by now to get his dog off and somehow he did. Ozzy was shaken up but he looked ok and so after mumbling sorry several times the guy just walked off quickly. I did not chase him down because I was in shock but I can't believe he just walked off.

I put Ozzy down to try and walk home and he could not walk. I carried him home and he had a couple of punctures on his belly. I took him to the vet and spent several hours there while they worked on him. Now he has a tube in him and stiches with the e-collar and two different meds. He is a shell of himself and won't walk. He has not eaten any food or had any water in 24 hours. I think I need to call the vet back because they said he should eat last night.

I am just sick and have already shelled out 1k. I know what building this guy lives in but not what apartment. Should I call animal control? it is of course his word against mine, do I have any chance of getting my costs covered?

And poor Ozzy..
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Thank you Inga..

I am planning to call AC and I probably should not have waited so long but I was in the vet all night and then working all day today. I am still working till 6 but then I will be calling the vet back and calling AC. If they are closed then first thing tomorrow. Maybe they can find the man if I give them the building..I am not much up for confrontation.

And this goes beyond vet bills, I had plans for a business trip and my mom was going to watch Ozzy but now he cannot be there because her dog will not leave him alone (They love to play) so I am going to have to board him at the vet. I have a normal doggy daycare but no playing and he is injured so he will have to live in a cage for two days. And that is added $$

I do want this man to pay for being so stupid. I love dogs and I always defend those kinds of breeds but people should not own them that don't know how to handle them. It blows my mind it was off leash!!

And it was traumatic too. Ozzy is suffering and I am still stressed out and shaken up 24 hours later. That's why I had to come here and vent...
Yes call Animal Control...my dog got attacked by another off leash dog and because I felt bad for the owner, I thought, we can work something out and she can pay the vet bills. But the more I thought about it, this could happen again and it could be a child the next time. The dog came from across a large field just to attack my little dog. You could go to the owner and say here are the bills I've paid so far to treat my dog - the only thing you can do in terms of getting your money back is to either ask him and hope he's a normal person with a conscience who will reimburse you for your vet bills. Or sue him in small claims court. At least that was what I was told where I live in Canada. I did end up reporting them to Animal Control - I don't think they had a limit as to the time period of when I had to report it but they did say that the sooner the better as punishment usually is more effective that way. Anyway, they got charged $120 for the dog being off leash and $270 for the attack. The AC guy went to their house and gave them a speech on leashing their dogs and gave them their tickets. In this situation, I would hope that it would have hit them hard as they claimed to have no money. I'm not trying to sound vindictive but, apparently, this dog attacked another small dog previously and it wasn't reported. So the owners didn't learn.

I hope your guy recuperates and that you can get this guy to pay for his crime. Even if the dog was a chihuahua, the owner has the responsibility to control his dog whether it be with strict training or a leash. Good luck and let us know what happens....
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