My cousins dog killed my neighbors turkey help

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by dowby77, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. dowby77

    dowby77 New Egg

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    About 4 months ago my cousin was visiting and his dog got loose and went to my neighbors(which is also my landlords) property and attacked a young tom,unfortunately today I was informed that the turkey was dead.I told my landlord I would pay for all debts incurred for the turkeys vet bills,but he hasnt accepted any $ for it.I know I am legally liable because It was my guests animal that attacked the turkey but what do you think will happen,I have no Idea what if any crime I could be charged with.My cousin said he would take care of it but Im leary that he will,Im almost sure I can take care of this outside the courts but what can I do,besides continually apoligize and pay for it what other options do I have?
     
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buy him another turkey?
     
  3. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Animals killing livestock is usually a fine for the owner of the animal. Not usually any court case or jail or anything.

    If he won't take any money, he likely won't pursue the issue. Or he could be silently plotting his revenge and might kick you off the property. JK.

    If he won't take money, might buy him some feed or something as a show of goodwill. And don't EVER let the dog near his animals again.
     
  4. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    People get pretty attached to their turkeys. Its not all about the money. Make sure the dog doesn't come back for sure. If it were me, I would shoot the dog on sight. I wont tolerate a bird killing dog. I bought an AKC red bloodhound pup a couple of years ago. She was $550.00 and a really good dog but she killed a few birds and I couldn't brake her of it. She had to go! Then I got a great blueheeler. Both dogs got up to about a year old before they became a problem so we were attached to them.
     
  5. dowby77

    dowby77 New Egg

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    The dog isnt allowed on my property any more and Im planning on buying him another bird if he'll accept it.I know that he was attached to the bird so I dont want to push him.I would like to have my cousin pay for it all but Im sure I will end up doing it myself,any other ideas
     
  6. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    offer to work it off? clean coops, muck stalls, mow his yard? keep apologizing profusely and if he wants something out of you, he will tell you. or he may tell you to drop it and leave him alone. then do just that and feel silently guilty until you can stop beating yourself up about it. accidents happen.
     
  7. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where I live we have laws that declares a dog vicous if it attacks a animal. The dog will have to be insured at very high premiums or put down.
     
  8. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Gee it's been four months now....Does your neighbor threaten to sue, or seem angry that the turkey died? If he doesn't seem mad, and won't take any money, then maybe you're off the hook?
     
  9. dowby77

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    the dog attacked the bird 4months ago but the bird was doing ok,it had a broken wing and my landlord said it mustve tripped up on it and nobody caught it and the bird died,doesnt make alot of sense to me but Im sure that the attack is what caused the bird to die.I dont know anything about birds so I couldnt tell ya for sure.the bird mustve just died cause I talked to my landlord the other day and he didnt say anything about it,but he seemed upset when he saw me today im irritated at my cousin more than anything for not watching his dog,I have a dog and a cat and neither of them mess with the livestock or leave my yard for that matter.I should also mention that about 2 months before the attack,their dog they keep in the back with all the livestock (because hes mean) got out came to my yard and bit my dog,the landlords wife was outside and saw it happen.I had to take my dog to the vet and get stiches and cleaned out and stuff,She needed a checkup so I picked up that part of the bill but they reimbursed me the cost of the stitches and stuff.All I want to do is make it right but I want to know what kind of reprecussion Im facing as well.when their dog nailed mine I didnt even think about anything but what if that was my 3 yr old boy in the yard instead of my dog.Dogs will be dogs theyre gonna bite but its up to the owner to be responsible for their animals.
     
  10. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    As has been mentioned, the worst he could do is refuse to continue to rent to you. If he was going to pursue some legal action he should have filed a complaint at the time of the attack. I'd probably call my cousin and demand he cover the $125.00 that my landlord was demanding, hand the landlord $100.00 reminding him of their own kindness in paying for my dog's treatment after their dog attacked it... Then I'd pocket the extra $25.00 as a service fee charged against my cousin.
     

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