Straight Talk

My neighbor has two dogs that have attacked my dog twice in the last year when I was walking her- A letter from Tia

Danice Akiyoshi

Danice Akiyoshi

By Danice Akiyoshi N.D.

Q: My neighbor has two dogs that have attacked my dog twice in the last year when I was walking her.  (She IS spayed)  Sometimes they get out because their gate doesn’t latch properly.  They are very decent people and apologize and offer to pay any vet bills but that doesn’t fix my fear of walking down my own street or the trauma to my dog.  My husband told me to let it go, because everything has turned out ok.  He really likes this family and their dogs because he feeds them when they are out of town.  I told him that if it happens again I will contact the authorities.  My husband feels this will lead to problems in the neighborhood.

Am I over reacting?

A: I don’t think you’re over reacting.  I understand that you are not interested in feeling uncomfortable and afraid when you’re walking your dog.  Legally, dog owners are responsible for the behaviors of their dogs and should be held accountable, especially if there is an injury.  You say these people accept responsibility and that’s something I respect, but what if these dogs get out and decide to attack a neighborhood kid next time?  I think you and your husband need to sit down and really discuss this issue. I also suggest that you sit down with the owners of the attacking dogs and find out what measures they are taking to make sure their dogs don’t get loose again.   This is definitely a big deal.  Please see it through.