Neighbors fighting because of dogs and a cat

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- March 2 was a very unusual day for Kelly Potfay.

"I just heard dogs barking like crazy," she said.

She said what she saw was indescribable; what happened afterward became an emotional disaster.

"Seeing the damage I saw I started crying because it was horrible," Potfay said.

Potfay owns a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and it was parked in her driveway.

She said that two big dogs were chasing a cat around her truck. Potfay said the dogs were vicious and wanted to catch that cat so badly they damaged her truck in the process..

"They left deep scratches in the paint," she said. "They also chewed off portions of the bumper and damaged my ABS system."

She said she tried to chase them off but could not.

"I yelled from the porch but I was not going down these stairs they were angry," said Potfay.

The next day she contacted the dogs owner, he looked at the damage and offered to help with the repairs.

But after receiving three estimates, which range from $2500-$3000, Potfay said he changed his mind.

"He told me he didn't know if it was his dogs and doesn't feel like he should pay for it," Potfay said.

The truck is now in the repair shop. The question is: who is going to pay for the repairs?

She feels the dog owner should, but he feels he should not.

Tim Shaw owns the dogs.

"I have never had a problem with my dogs," Shaw said.

Shaw said he did offer to help and did tell her to get an estimate, but Shaw said he does not believe the problem was caused by his dogs.

"I wanted to help her out to keep the peace as a neighbor, but it seems like she is trying to get something out of nothing," Shaw said.

"I am not asking him for any other repairs than what the dogs did," said Potfay.

Jacksonville attorney Barry Bobek handles a number of real estate disputes and said this type of complaint is very common.

Bobek said when it comes to neighbors that are a nuisance your last option is small claims court.

"You can always make a claim in court to abate the nuisance with a court injunction," said Bobek.

No word if Kelly Potfay will follow suit.


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