I was served with a court summons yesterday! I feel so sick to my stomach. My friend, Larry, owns a black lab/sharpei mix. She's a very sweet and comical animal. (Larry and his dog live 3 hours away.) When he visits me, he brings her with him. To make a long story short, last Thanksgiving weekend, she was accused of attacking someone's dog. After sorting out the timelines, we determined that the she couldn't have possibly been responsible. Even the owner of the poor dog that was attacked said he wasn't sure it was Mattie. Well, one thing led to another, and I've had Animal Control and the Sheriff's department over here investigating the dog. Both county officials agreed that it isn't likely that Mattie would display such behavior, and because the man can not positively ID her, they left well enough alone. The man called her several times demanding that my friend Larry pay the $3,000 vet bills. Larry basically told him to go to hell. I consulted with my attorney who told me then that I don't have anything to worry about. That was, until last night when a man delivered the summons to my doorstep. I am being sued for $13,000! The summons alleges that I am ultimately responsible because the dog was in my custody and that I should have known that she would damage property. First off, the attack occurred on his property not mine, secondly, her legal owner was here and she was under his control. Until last night, no one ever addressed my personally in any settlement offers. All legal correspondence has been addressed and handled by Larry. I think it really sucks that I wasn't afforded the opportunity earlier on to rectify this situation. TO be suddenly pounced on with a lawsuit without first trying to settle something out of court is unfair. I hope my attorney agrees with my assessment of this and can make this go away for me. In the meantime, I can't help but worry that my education fund is going to be depleted. I have just enough money to finish my BS degree. I have end up having to give this man money, I'll have to quit school. I didn't sleep a wink last night! I am a nervous wreck.
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7/30/03 at 5:26am