This is probably going to be long and convoluted so bare with me or just close out and read something else if you arent interested in a crime drama novel..lol. I dont know if anyone remembers or simply wasnt here for it but back in 2/2006 my neighbor shot 2 of my dogs - a 4 month old bull mastiff puppy and an approximately 10 month old boxer mix puppy. Mastiff was named Maggie and boxer was named Bo. These dogs were on my property and the man shot them from his yard over his fence and killed the dogs at approximately 7:45 am when they went outside to potty and they were in my front yard. He was witnessed by Tony while Tony was peeing in our bathroom. We have a window over the toilet and he saw the guy plain as day. Both dogs immediately dropped. Maggie was paralyzed and Bo ran to the house. He later died. We took the dogs to the vet immediately where they called the humane society's investigator who took the report, they operated on Maggie to remove the bullet, when Bo died they did a necropsy at the investigator's request to get the bullet to match it to Maggie's bullet. Meanwhile, Maggie is still in the hospital paralyzed. Eventually they told me she would never be able to walk at all and said either I had to have her put to sleep or they knew of a place that took care of disabled dogs and I could let her go there. As much as I wanted to keep her, I knew I couldnt care for a disabled dog who would get to be over 100 pounds. I let them have her. One of the reasons we kept her at the vets here so long though was because the humane investigator kept assuring me that my neighbor would be held responsible for this bill. He would have to pay it. No way would I have ever okayed a necropsy or kept a dog alive long enough for such a large bill to accrue. I simply couldnt afford it. Well...we got subpeonad one time but the defendent didnt show. They told us he wasnt served properly and we would get served again to return. We waited. I called every so often and got told the warrant was still out there, they just hadnt served him yet, they couldnt find him, something...blah blah blah. I saw the investagator a time or two...nothing. Eventually I kind of lost count. I got served in July of this year with small claims papers from the vet. Ok...yeah...there is a bill. I cant find anything I used to have on this case. I go in today to the court. I tell the judge my story. He tells me that I had been given some wrong information when I told him that I had been told that it was too late to serve him the warrant if the warrant had been issued. And I knew the warrant had been issued since they had subpeonad us that one time. So he continued my case and told me to go down to the clerk of courts office and find out where the warrant was and to get that warrant served! So down I go...I find out that well I will be darned...that warrant had been served, the case had been dismissed! I was astounded! I asked the lady in the clerks office why it was dismissed, she said could see the record...well of course I wanted to see it! She went to find the record and it was no where to be found!!!! Now...let me tell this one little fact. The man who is my neighbor has the same last name as one of the sitting district court judges. And it isnt jones or smith or doe. And they have remarkably close first names. One is Craig and one is Greg. I am seriously now wondering if they arent brothers or cousins! Court cases that old...I mean it isnt seriously old but it isnt brand new either...dont just get lost in a courthouse without some reason. I smell a rat. Now...I called to see if I could sue the man civilly. Jamie was attempting to find the facts from the investigator ....ACO to ACO long distance. In VA, the statute of limitations for filing a small claims civil suit is 5 years. Here it is 3 years. So I am out of gas. Now I am wondering if the vet isnt out of gas too in filing against me because it has been over 4 years since this happened. I mean if I cant file against the neighbor, can they file against me? Its the same length of time. I havent made a payment.