When it comes down to it, you couldn't settle it between you. You allowed your dog to attack another, and are living with the consequences. As soon as your dog attacked another, it was your fault. The consequences are not the neighbours fault, they are your own. Own up to them instead of making excuses. I don't care how severe the injuries were, your dog was allowed to attack another dog. And you think you can handle a large breed? What happens when you allow that dog to attack another, and you have to get rid of the dog? Cause I can promise you, it won't be as easy as rehoming a rottie or GSD with a bite history. I fail to see how this thread got off topic... It was something you said in the main post as to why you want the dog, which means talking about that was on topic..