Heather - posted on 09/17/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )
My step daughter has a dog, 2 year old german shephard. She is very much into her dog, goes to dog training etc. This dog has known agression issues towards other dogs (not people really) and therefore she has been instructed, several times, not to play with or train the dog in the front yard without a leash. About 2 weeks ago, she was in the front yard with the dog, without a leash and talking on her cell phone. Our next door neighbor came out of his house with his two dogs and my step daughters dog bolted across the yard towards one of my neighbors dogs. The neighbor reached down to break up the commotion and got bit!!! Blood every where!!! He was obviously, extremely upset and told us we needed to get rid of this dangerous dog!!! Step-daughter was very upset as this dog is her baby!! The next day, our neighbor came over and told us that he wasnt going to require us to get rid of the dog as long as my step daughter kept the dog muzzeled when out side which we agreed to.
My question is this: 1. My step daughter disobeyed our rule of having the dog in the front yard without a leash, was speaking on the phone and not paying attention to the dog and I feel she should have had some sort of consequence. Maybe taking her phone away for a few days or something. Her father feels it was a terrible ACCIDENT and that no consequences are in order!! He feels that believing that she was going to have to get rid of the dog for a day was enough of a consequence.
We are fortunate that the bite didnt require stitches and that he didnt decide to sue ME, as we are not married and the house and homeowners insurance is in my name alone. I FIRMLY believe there should have been some sort of consequence for this and cant seem to get this across to my fiance'. Am I out of line here??? HELP ME PLEASE!!!!