Hello all, Wondering if anyone knows the fench law on the following. Someone I thought was a friend has recently sent me a recorded delivery letter with a bill. In the letter he states that my dogs are out of control and that if I do not pay the enclosed bill he will take this matter further. The story is this: I have 3 dogs, all refuge dogs, two labrit crosses and a mutt who is smaller and much younger. The mutt has bags of energy and loves to run. He will run up to people and/or dogs but stops when there and wags his tail or jumps about trying to play. Most people know him and just greet him when he then snifs their dog which then snifs him and they do the usual, wag tails and once satisfied he's greeted the person and or their dog he then returns to me. This particular person treats his dogs as his babies (okay, fair enough I understand that) but is full of fear for them and when my dog approaches in his usual forthright manner he is terrified. On the last occasion I wasn't there but my daughter (31 year old not an adolescent) was walking the dogs and greeted my friend but he started to scream at her to keep the dogs away from his dog then said that our dog was attacking his dog. She tried to calm him down, checked the dog for any damage (none), blood (none) anything (nothing), offered to bring him back to the house for some tea, he refused. And now I have this letter insisting that I pay for his vet fee of 45euro or he will take the matter to the authorities to claim that my dogs are dangerous. I do not want any problems. If I pay the bill am I accepting responsibility? The bill indicates that there was a consultation and a vacination but no stitches nor any note of any problem. I know the vet and can speak to her and ask if the dog was hurt in any way or simply upset as it is a very old dog and has recently been close to dying simply from old age.
This gentleman is not poor, he is quite wealthy and at 80 years plus still earns a good living from writing. But he is known as ncredibly mean. He comes to my house each week as part of a meditation group and refuses to contribute towards the cost of expenses. Despite making sure he eats the biggest portion of the fresh cakes and biscuits I bake. This is also despite knowing that we struggle to pay our bills.
So! Should I pay the bill? Or does that mean I accept my dogs are out of control and does this then give him the means to go further?
What to do?