So I'll try to make this short, just need some advice.
We, my parents and I, have two dogs. A 11 year old Golden and a 1.5 Choc Lab. I was taking them for a walk earlier today on our normal route. There is this house that always has dogs out in the yard barking. It's a big ass fence so there is no way they should be able to get out though.
As I was approaching the house I noticed the lady had the gate opened and was moving something in. I believe there was like 3 dogs there. One of them ran towards me and the dogs and I really didn't think much of it because I've encountered dogs before and they usually just sniff and move on. So the dogs start sniffing, I kind of pull my dogs back. Now the Lab she is still young and a very playful dog. She starts to get playful with this other dog and then it just straight up attacks her. I'm not sure what kind of dog, looked like a mutt.
So anyways, this dog bites my dog below the ear near the neck and latches on. My dog is screaming/yelping for help. So my first reaction is I start punching and kicking the other dog in the head area while i'm screaming at this lady to come get her fucking dog. My dog is a family member and I will protect her at all costs. For some stupid reason the lady runs after her other dog that ran out. After about 15 seconds I finally got the dog to let go, probably from repeated blows. I was holding onto the other dogs leash yelling at the owners to come get their fucking dog. I'm pretty sure those were my exact words. They finally got him and of course my dog was scared to death. She was jumping on me and whining.
I analyzed her and didn't notice any wounds. Wasn't too deep of a bite. Owners kept saying they were so sorry, but I was pissed and finally calmed down. So I took them home. I hosed off the area where the dog got her and I did notice a little bite mark. So I called the vet and they told me to take her in tomorrow to get it checked out. They said if possible to find out if the other dog was fully vaccinated and up to date. I know where the house is so i'm thinking when my dad gets home we will probably go over there.
Anyways, i'm still pissed off about this and upset. Just curious what we should say to these other people. Should they offer to pay our vet bill? Do you report shit like this? I mean what if that dog gets out again. It could do a lot more damage if the dog was small. I've seen dogs get in little fights before but never seen one latch onto the other one near the neck. That just seems overly aggressive and dangerous.