I need HELP! Please

  1. I'm so stressed out right now I don't know what to do. Earlier this evening I was taking my dog out for a walk. I happened to go by a friends house and stopped by to say hello. Her grandpa was also outside. I have a siberian husky and if you guys know their temperment, they are very kind and friendly dogs. Well her grandpa decided to come up to my dog without asking me if it's ok. My dog jumps on him and her grandpa rubs his head playing and all of a sudden my dog bite his hand. Now I have no idea what triggered this and I don't know what's going to happen. He has all his shots. My theory is that since they have 7 dogs at their house, he smelled those dogs and felt some kind of aggression? Since he was unfamiliar with this man, and this man walks up towards me, he felt the need to protect me? My dog wasn't playing with him, it was like a second he jumped on him and he bite his hand. Now he's in the hospital getting stitches. I'm afraid of getting sued. Or having to put my dog to sleep. I don't want to sound inhumane and pick an animal over a human, but I just felt like it really isn't my dogs fault. He was more or less protecting me. Basically the mans hand had a cut. Any input would really help me. He's NEVER done this before to anyone, he's always been very friendly to strangers. But there have been a few times where he barked at a person that was yelling at me. Protecting me? I don't want to have to put him to sleep, or get sued. I offered to pay for medical bills. Please help.
     
  2. I'm so sorry this happened. I don't have any advice, but I will keep you in my thoughts. Clearly you love your dog and he's never done this before so I don't think you'll be in danger of losing him. Offering to pay the medical bills was the right thing to do and hopefully all this will blow over.

    I really hope things work out for you and your dog.
     
  3. How was the grandfather's demeanor? Was he upset, etc? Did he go to the hospital/doctor?

    What state do you live in? Depending on the state, there are different dog bite laws.
     
  4. i believe that in many states you're OK the first time something like this happens because you had no reason to think there was any danger -- but now that he's bitten one person you must be VERY careful not to let it happen again, or you could lose him and be liable. as mentioned above, laws vary from state to state, but to be safe you must exercise extreme caution from now on.

    i'm so sorry this happened -- thinking of you.
     
  5. ^ I think you are right.

    I live in AZ, where dog bite laws are amongst the strictest in the country.

    Hopefully your state has a more lenient policy
     
  6. Im trying to picture the situation here. How badly was her grandfather biten? Was your dog angry? I have a dog myself and i do know that dogs sometimes "nip" not exactly bite. from time to time. People forget even though they're a pet they're still animals and u just never know. So i think it depends on what the situation actually was maybe your dog got a bit too excited? Theres a difference between that and a truly aggressive dog. As far as losing him i know in CA if something like that goes to court they usually have the dog tested by a dog behavioral specialist.
     
  7. i don't think you really need to worry... your dog is up to date on his shots, including rabies i hope, and this is a first time incident. i would at least help out with the medical bills. good luck, i can only imagine how you must be feeling.
     
  8. I live in the state of California. He is by no means an angry dog. He is VERY friendly. That's the temperment of huskies. Friendly with humans and other animals. He always "nips" at me. Sometimes it does bleed but it's not from a BITE. He has sharp teeth and I do put my hands in his mouth. He went to the hostpital to get stitches on his hand. I didn't get to see how bad it was because it was dark outside and he ran inside. And I was told to leave. I do assume it wasn't that bad and he may have made it worse than what it really was. He has all his shots, including rabbies. I have no clue on the laws about dog bites. I mean if it was a scratch and not a puncture, isn't there a difference? I mean I'm sure we all get scratched and bleed from time to time. I'm just so afraid for myself and for him. I didn't sleep at all lastnight and this has been on my mind all day. I offered to pay for the bill but I didn't even get a response yet. If anyone can tell me information on the laws in CA about this situation it would really help me. Taking into consideration he was leashed by my side. He came up to my dog without permission. Needless to say he is NOT an aggressive dog. Can I get sued? Dog put to sleep?
     
  9. Have you tried to call them to see how he's doing? Your friend would know this wasn't normal behavior for your dog and she may have nipped at him because he touched his head. Some dogs wouldn't normally be aggressive are threatened by that. If I were you, I'd stop by their house and show your concern for her grandfather's hand.
     
  10. Oh Gosh.. dun worry too much.. U mentioned the grand pa has got 7 dogs that must mean his a dog lover. and this is just an accident. He must understand..
     
  11. I talked with my friend on AIM and she really didn't care to talk to me, she just asked if he had all his shots and when I asked if he was ok, she just told me he was getting stitches in the emergency room. I kept trying to talk to her and she didn't respond to anything I said after that. Her grandpa is a dog lover, but after my dog bit him, he kept screaming, Oh my god the dog bit me, the dog bit me I'm bleeding. I was so afraid.

    From the looks of it, they are extremely angry with me. I was told to leave after this happened. And not in a nice way.

    I'm afraid of getting a knock on my door and having them demand some ridiculous amount of money or else, kind of situation. She may be a friend of mine, but this is her grandfather that does not know me at all. Ok they are asian, I am as well. I don't want to sound like I'm trying to stereo-type here, but I've seen a lot of asian people become really money hungry when these type circumstances arise. It doesn't matter who you are, they will use this to their advantage. Not saying all asian people, but many including some in my own family (unfortunately). This is why I worry more. I just have to wait and speak with her I guess, that's all I can do for now. =( Besides offering to pay for the medical bills and such.
     
  12. I wouldn't worry too much, since your dog has his rabies shots they won't even quarentine him. If worse comes to worse, and you have to go to court you'll have to pay for the hospital bills. They can't ask for anything more than that. Plus, no judge is going to put your dog asleep, it's not like your dog mauled him. Good luck.
     
  13. I wouldn't worry about it right now. Just show some compassion for what's happened. He shouldn't have approached the dog not knowing his temperment especially when he's had experienced with 7 dogs with different personalities. He could have startled him or the dog sensed an uneasiness with him. So there's fault with him also. I'm sure your dog will be fine, as long has he's had all of his shots and he doesn't have a history of viciousness. As a responsible dog owner, he was on a leash so his approaching you was not under your or the dog's control.
     
  14. YES YES YES!!! Anyway My aunt was bitten by my dog once, a husky too.. she was screaming like a baby.. Like im gonna die im gonna die.. maybe its just an asian thing.. dun worry too much..
     
  15. I wouldn't worry. Even if you do get sued, most likely it will be medical bills. Can't sue ridiculous amount of money in this case, IMO. Also, I've never heard of dogs being put to sleep for a bite like this, it would have to be something very serious, like the dog attacking the person repeatedly, and the person is permanently disabled, etc.