Help needed, dog with a court case
Last Friday I was taking the dogs out for a walk. I normally wait in front of the house for my dogs to calm down before we start the walk. Something about the start of a walk that gets them worked up. My loving neighbor approached my dogs speaking baby talk when she could clearly see how excited they already were. That wouldn't have been a problem in itself as I can handle them both even when they are super excited, that was until something else went wrong.
My husky/lab dog collar came loose from her neck when she was pulling on it. This dog has anxiety and we've been making great gains with her on this but she isn't ready to be off leash. Whenever she is off the leash the anxiety takes over and off she goes completely ignoring everything. She ran up to a woman who happened to be disabled and knocked her with her head. Didn't scratch or bite her, just hit her face in a jump because I think she leaned over as the dog was jumping. I felt terrible about the whole situation and after I managed to get my dog back under control I was asking to see what I could do for them, if anything. Her and her family didn't want anything from me beyond my name and address which I gave it to them.
I have nothing against people who need a little help to get through life so please nobody take offensive to this. This family was looking for a golden ticket and today they thought they found it. They wanted to sue me and was hoping to get a large payoff. They called the police and animal control who came by and took their statement and let them know what their options were. It wasn't turning out to be the golden ticket they were hoping for so the woman no longer felt like she needed medical assistant and instead yelled at the animal control officer and wanted my dog put down.
Finally it was my turn to talk with animal control. The officer informed me that I just happened to have a case of bad luck. She took my info. Informed that I was going to be cited for failure to control my dog and since she did knock into someone, even though she didn't bite anyone, she would be considered a dangerous dog. I felt like there wasn't a lot I could have done as if I knew the collar was going to fail me I would have brought a different one. I've been making strides to control her off leash but it is a process and when the anxiety gets added in, the process is much longer. We are in training and we do work on this.
I do not wish for this dog to be classified as dangerous so I requested a hearing against animal control. Are court date will be in 3 or 4 weeks. I don't know if any of you have any experience with this? This all could have easily been avoided if the collar would have held up. The only types of collars that go around the neck I know of are the normal buckle collar and the training collar we use to use but since she had improved so much I switched her to the buckle collar as I didn't need added force for correction. Even though I wish to do mostly positive training I'm now back to using the training collar since I feel it will have a better chance of holding up.