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Barley and wife attacked by pitbulls

So yesterday afternoon my wife decided to take Barley on a walk, just around the corner from our house two pitbulls come out of nowhere off leash and just clamp on to Barley's ear, the other one on his back leg. My wife is trying to push them off but they are clamped on, the owner, some lady shows up and is just calling their names telling them no but they are of course not listening, wife can't get them to let go, trying to open their mouths without getting bit herself but she got bit a little too, neighbors ran out to help and got the smaller pit away, the owner just grabbed the bigger one in a hug and was telling him to let go and doing nothing else, meanwhile wife is scared this dog is going to rip Barley's ear off. They finally get him off and she somehow gets them back in their yard, neighbor who is an emt helps clean up my wife, she calls me freaking out so I had to leave work, get home and rush the dog to the vet... $800 later Barley is a bit banged up but will be ok. 2 wounds with drains, 6 punctures and stitch areas, antibiotics, pain meds, cone of shame.

Took animal control until today to show up, my wife said all they did was take our statement and give us a report to fill out and send in, I am curious as to what comes from that as these people at the absolute least need to pay our vet bill.

So frustrating that something like this can happen!

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Poor baby, I hope he feels better soon. I would keep on animal control. MAKE them do their job.

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Wow, that is quite a story...poor pupper and your poor wife!
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How awful for your family. It is absolutely irresponsible and inexcusable for people to have untrained animals that they cannot control. It doesn't matter what the breed is.

I imagine there are leash laws where you live. You should look into what fines etc are associated with these. I realize animal control should know this but it has been my unfortunate experience that many city employees are not familiar with the laws they are tasked to enforce.

If it were me I would send your vet bill via registered mail to your neighbor. I am not a lawyer ( not even close) but should they refuse to pay I think small claims court is where you would be headed. Seems you had plenty of witnesses.

Again so sorry this has happened.
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I am so sorry this happened to Barley and your wife. A terrifying experience indeed. Hoping Barley recovers real soon.

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Poor puppy! I'm glad he and your wife are going to be ok, it could have ended so much worse.
I don't know how they do things there but here in MI I was attacked by a GSD when walking Ky. She got him by the throat but I was bit on my hand. Animal control came and talked to me then left a form for me to fill out while he talked to the owner. He came back an hour later to pick up my statement and to let me know the dog did have his shots.
I had a choice of prosecuting or not. I chose not to if they would make it so he couldn't jump his fence again. They made her put up a privacy fence and the dog was quarantined in the yard for 10 days and she had to pay my medical bills.
I hope Barley feels better real soon!
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Animal Control has an obligation to investigate the matter and follow-up. Particularly if your wife was bitten, also. You should follow-up with the owner for reimbursement for Barley's vet costs. You may want to consult a "dog-bite" attorney--especially if your wife was bitten.
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I think this is a dangerous situation (no matter what the breed) if there is an irresponsible dog owner not controlling her (obviously aggressive) dogs and not taking this situation seriously. She should definitely pay your vet bills and if animal control won't help I'd call the police.
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oh no poor little Barley, im so glad to hear he is ok, i hope he makes a speedy recovery and this horrible experience doesnt put him off or make him scared of other dogs in the future.
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