Not exactly horse law. But I figured this was the best place.
My grandpa has a little yapper that hates bicycles, and bites at your ankles when you near their yard.
Now we live on a long dirt road off the beaten path. And my sister came home from school and rode her bicycle to the nighbors(up the dirt road, past my grandpa's the yapper was indoors.)
I came home from school and the yappers were out. When I got home we called for my sisters, and let our dogs out to potty. Our german shepherd sophie ran up to walk with my sister home (on her bicycle) as she neared my grandpa's out on the dirt road the yapper came on charging at my sister and the bike. And my GSD's protection instincts kick in and she lunges at the yapper,(in front of my sister's bicycle causing her to flip and crash. She's fine!) she said sophie grabbed the yapper up and flung it. (all this happened on the dirt road in no ones yard.) I get a phone call from my aunt (lives with my grandpa) and she asks if there was a dog outside that might have gotten her dog. I say yeah sophie as the only one out, why? And she said the yapper as all tore up with 2 quarter size holes in her. (now they exxagerate, and I haven't see the yapper myself so I don't know the damage, but I was told it was just flesh wounds.) now who is to blame here? My grandpa wont punish his yapper for nipping because "it's a good guard dog and that's what he wants" and I refuse to punish my dog because she was protecting my sister!! What if that would have been a stranger? Or a coyote (has happened around here!) I want sophie to openly defend us. Was it the yapper's fault for chasing my sister? Or sophie's fault? Granted she wansn't in their yard. But he does own all the land on the dirt road.. Hmmm HELP?