and defended Sammy by kicking the other dogs and swinging his bicycle helmet at them until the owner of the dogs showed up to pry them off. My 10 year old son ran back to the apartment to tell me what was happening and I rushed down there. Sammy was being carried out covered in blood. As I took Sammy in my arms I noticed my son crying hysterically with Sam's blood covering his arm screaming " he's dead and I couldn't stop them". That image I cannot remove from my thoughts. My son risked his life to save Sammy. We rushed Sammy to the Emergency Vet Hospital where they did numerous x-rays and tests to see how bad the injuries were. We were surprised to find no broken bones and no major arteries punctured just massive wounds that need muscles repaired and stitched. Sammy is finally home recovering which the says will be a lengthy one but day by day is improving.
The owner of the other dog at first said he would pay all medical costs but has not done so and refuses to answer our calls or return messages. Looks like we will have to go to small claims court with no guarantees on seeing anything. Animal Control has filed a case against the dog owner which consist of a $500 fine.
Seems like all the cards are stacked against us right now but we will keep fighting. We don't want Sammy to be just another statistic. Sammy's medical bills are up to almost $2000 right now but he will need more visits for check-ups, medications and stitches removed. We don't have the money for a lawyer so we will be trying to file claims areselves against the owners and apartment complex for allowing this dog on the property even though the policy states otherwise.
Sammy is not just a pet but a family member and any help would be grateful and humbling. We thank all of you for your support.
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