Some people never learn from their mistakes. When a mistake hurts the one who made it, we take pity and sometimes we pass laws against it, like the anti-drug and anti-smoking laws. We also might say, "that will teach him a lesson." When a mistake hurts another person or an animal, however, we might feel anger and we often pass laws making it a crime of some sort. But not everyone obeys those laws. Here is an exchange of email that I had with a dog owner today, telling two stories about mistakes that should teach a person a lesson:
Hello Mr. Phillps.
I ran across your info. online. I have a question..
My little dog, a 5 lb. Yorkie was mauled by another dog in our neighborhood. However, my dog was not on a leash as she should have been AND she is not licensed or registered.
I have had her for several years. She walks with me like that every day/night..and says hello to all the dogs in the neighborhood. she went to say hit to this one and he immediately grabbed her by his teeth and shook her like a rag doll.
She has been in the ER for 3 days. She has several broken ribs, lung damage, crushed diaphram, muscle wall damage, multiple lesions, etc. And, had surgery today to make sure there was not further internal damage. I have missed 2 days of work and I have not slept since it happened. My daughter is traumatized.
She barely made it through..
This has cost me over 6,000 so far. And, it's probably a long ways from being done.The other dog was on a leash..and, the owner/walker was mortified. And, we were both hysterical and in shock. I did not get her name or anything.
But, I'd like to try and find her to see if she will help me pay these bills...and, I do think the police should know that he has this capability or tendency..
As even if my dog was on a leash, it would have happened...as R___ wasn't doing anything to provoke him.
I'm scared to report it as I didn't have R___ legally licensed, registered, etc.
Can you tell me if I should report it and/or if I can or should expect this person to help with the medical bills?
Thank you for any advice you have. [Name withheld for the sake of privacy.]