Hi all. Sorry for the long post. A couple of weeks ago my dad was out walking our dog on the field by our house. He had our dog on the lead and stopped to chat with a lady with another dog. A child of 10 years old (this has been confirmed) was walking a small spaniel on extendable lead and he let go off the whole lead, unsure as to why. The dog then came belting over towards our dog and my dad and started running circles around them both and entangled them with the lead that it was dragging behind. The kid came running over along with two of his friends, of similar ages, and their dogs. My dad asked the boy to catch his dog. Now we've never had any problems with our dog and other dogs but believe that 3 strange dogs running up to off the lead him was overwhelming and he growled and ended up nipping the dog on the skin of it's neck leaving a small puncture. The child then called his dad , who was on the field behind the one we were on, who came over. My dad waited until he came over so he could explain the situation. We then received a text later that night asking for the cost of the vet bill which was about £350. I sent a text back and explained we did not feel liable for the vet costs as the dog, who was under control, ran up to our dog who was on a lead and next to my dad at all times. We have now received a court letter demanding the money. I sent back the facts (as the guy even contradicted himself in his letter) and denied the claim. A couple of the paragraphs he sent admits his son of 10 years had the dog, that the lead came undone 'as they do' apparently and that he wasn't on the field at the time! We will now be going through mediation. Of course we hope the dog is OK and we were shocked by this but do not feel liable considering the facts. If our dog was off the lead or even approached his dog we totally would pay the vet bills. Just wondering what your opinions are on this ?