Still Hates Gordon Watson wrote:Reading the tales of woe and finally feel ready to chip in with mine.
Took dog for a walk an hour before kick off; dog went for another dog (nothing serious though, he’s a fucking Westie); owner started hitting my dog around head with thick metal chain lead; I lost my shit and grabbed her in a headlock; when I let her go she started hitting me repeatedly with chain; another dog owner I know calls police at my request then I do; police come and speak to us both; I decide to leave it but last I knew she wanted to press charges.
Came home and missed first 65 mins explaining to wife and facing opprobrium. I *might* have made a deal with fate at 0-0 that I didn’t mind us losing if nowt came of it all. Sorry everyone.
Not heard owt from the police yet - anyone any idea when I might start breathing more easily??
Got to say you definitely sound like the guilty party based on that account
I suppose we need to know what kind of dog they had?
If their dog was injured you will possibly be liable for vet fees at least, but you might be able to claim off your house insurance if they sue.
I think I'd be more concerned about the headlock thing, but you could argue you were using reasonable force to restrain her. (Let's say you feared for your own safety too). I suppose you have to reverse it and think how it would sound and what you would say if your missus came home and told you the tale that she will be telling her loved ones. I'd consider the price of some legal advice well spent on Monday just so you know how to play it
The dangerous dogs act says that even a small dog is liable if a person has "reasonable apprehension" that a dog will bite them, usually an attack on another dog is only treated with the same gravity if it's very serious, ie threatens the life of another dog, and more so when the owner is nowhere around. (The dog is then deemed to be out of control).
As I understand it any dog attack should be reported to plod.
In summary then, if you were close at hand and your dog didn't either 1/ attack the other owner or cause them to believe they would be attacked, OR 2/ Do very serious damage to their dog you'll not have to be too concerned re the dangerous dogs act.