My dog bit my neighbors dog but their dog bit my dog 3 previous times including me once. I never reported because I did not want them to lose their dog. But now I have to go to court because supposedly my dog bit their dog. I cannot go out in my backyard now because he harasses me and threatens to kill my dog. Their dog has jumped my fence and I don't know if they tried to jump the fence and my dog was reacting or if he even bit their dog. One neighbor said she saw it but where it apparently happened you can not see from her yard because of all the trees and things. I have pictures, texts and witness account to the previous attacks that their dog did to my dog. Can I get the ticket dismissed because of all that has transpired previous to the dog bite. Their dog is a pitbull and mine is lab/pit. The neighbor watches my every move and waits for me to take my dog outside so that he can come out. Also the owner of the dog will not be at the hearing and he was one who said he saw it happen. Any advice would be great.
Generally speaking, animals are property and we are responsible for damage our pets do to another person or their property.I would recommend hiring an attorney as this is a criminal matter at this point. I would also recommend looking up the statutes and regulations in Omaha. If your pet has been labeled as "dangerous" or "potentially dangerous" there are things that you can and should do, including challenging the label with the humane society. Regulations for dogs with these labels are very strict.
As to the argument that your dog has been attacked by the neighbors dog it would likely depend on the specific facts of this event since you never reported those previous incidents. Get an attorney and see what can be done if anything.
I am a licensed attorney in the state of Nebraska. However, the advice I give here is not to be taken as legal advice. It is merely my opinion based on the limited information given. In order to assure that your legal rights are being properly represented I would always recommend going in for a consultation with an attorney to explain your case in detail and answer any questions the attorney might have.
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