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Dogs gone wild

What to do with bad neighbors?

  • Sue them for all they got

    Votes: 1 4.5%
  • Keep telling the Town and let the Town take action

    Votes: 12 54.5%
  • Rally the neighbors and burn their houses down

    Votes: 8 36.4%
  • Build a great wall around a 1/2 acre lot,, for a lotta $$$

    Votes: 1 4.5%

  • Total voters
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tsc

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I need some advice. About a month ago... our neighbors dogs from about 1/2 mile down the road (1/2 acre lots) wandered down (3 of them from 2 different people) came onto our property, chased down one of our cats and killed it.. we saw it and were too late. I love dogs,, have a very spoiled large hound dog,,,, but this was just irresponsible.

Now, we notified the Police because we wanted it to be on the record. We told the people that we were not going to take action...but were going to notify the police of the incedent. Well, the Town we live in is taking action against these people... and now our neighbors are a bit testy to us. And, they continue to let their dog run. So what should we do??
 

The Irish One

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I love dogs as well. You have to be a hard ass on these people, they obviously take no responsibility towards controlling their dogs. That is all these people have to do, control their dogs! It's not asking a lot.
 

Rumpy Tunanator

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Get some doggie treats and one part stricknine, one part arsenic.... oh thats for.........I would have shot thems dogs right on the spot (Not sorry PETA). I have a cat and if something like that happened there'd be hell to pay. Either that or get some bear traps and set them in the yard. Ha ahahahhahaahah;)
 

Zoning Goddess

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No leeway on this one! Keep complaining to the local gov' mint. Get the dog rounded up. It will not stop with your cat.

Sorry to hear you had to go through that. Can't imagine.
 

jordanb

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Rumpy Tuna said:
Get some doggie treats and one part stricknine, one part arsenic.... oh thats for.........I would have shot thems dogs right on the spot (Not sorry PETA).

A better way is to "accidently" leave some antifreeze out, you know, like you were working on your car... Dogs just can't get enough of that stuff. ;)
 

B'lieve

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We sometimes have had to chase off "neighborhood" dogs at my parent's house. It's still a ruralish area, but growing, and some of the neighbors let their dogs roam at will. Not knowing who's dogs they are or how far from home they are, we just chase them away. If the dogs are aggressive enough to be running down and killing pets (basically a first step toward feral-ness), then they are a potential threat to people and farm animals (if any in the area) not too far down the road. If you or someone else is threatened (growled at, chased, bitten), birdshot to the butt is fully justified around my way. Before that happens, of course, finding out who the owners are and talking to them about is best. You handled it right so far.
 
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Ignorance

I love people who let there pet Pit Bull, German Sheppard, and Doberman run wild. Why not just let your kids play with a handgun! Ignorance must be a disease.
 

donk

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Sorry to hear about your cat.

Get a donkey, he'll take care of the dogs. ;) Until my parents got allistair, they had a real neighbourhood dog problem, the first dog to visit the sheep after allistair arrived got a very rude awakening. He has even killed a fox. He just barely puts up with their dog, but knows he has to as she is family.
 
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Rumpy Tunanator

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donk said:
Until my parents got allistair, they had a real neighbourhood dog problem, the first dog to visit the sheep after allistair arrived got a very rude awakening. He has even killed a fox. He just barely puts up with their dog, but knows he has too as she is family.

What is this Allistair you speak of? I think I've heard of one before, but I'm not sure. Sounds like one bad-ass dog.
 

donk

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Rumpy Tuna said:
Donkey? I'm really confused now.

See the picture in my image gallery.

I was being facetious. (1/2 acre lot is no place for a donkey)
 

tsc

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strict zoning... I don't have enough land for a donkey... but would love one.

Hunting with guns is illegal in Westchester County... but it would be legal in NY for me to shoot a dog if it were actually attacking another animal or person.

.....we are considering getting another dog... like a pure doberman. .. although our current doberman mix (1/2 beagle) intimidates those dogs. I think the youngest of the attack-pack, an australian shepard, is starting to think she can challenge our 10 year old dog. She used to cower away from him... but a few weeks ago she started snapping back at Jordan.
 

Wannaplan?

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Yeah, hand guns are kinda cool. I think teachers let the kiddies bring them to schools these days. Fun!
 

Cardinal

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Most of my neighbors have dogs. We are in a rural area and they let them roam freely, however, there are only two times in the past three years that I recall a dog wandering off its property. The German Shepherd across the street came to introduce itself when I first moved in, and a black lab once went on a walkabout. The other black labs never leave the yard. These are not problem dogs, and letting them roam without a chain is no problem. On the other hand, my nephew-dog is one that I'd keep on a chain inside a fenced yard.

It all goes to a dog's personality. If it is well-behaved, you can give it a lot of freedom. If it is going to terrorize the neighborhood, it needs to be restrained. Owners of dogs are liable for their pets' actions. (Remember all of the pit-bull owners who have gone to jail after their dog mauled or killed somebody?) Your neighbors need to act responsibly and keep their dogs under control.
 

Cardinal

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I would not necessarily include German shepherds in your list of dangerous dogs. While some are now trained as as guard or attack dogs, they were originally bred for herding. Ones without the guard dog lineage can be very sweet family dogs. In the proper setting, as on the farms surrounding me, I have no objection to letting good dogs run freely.
 

donk

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I just rememebered a funny phrase I heard as a kid from a neighbour about dogs

"1 dog is a good dog, 2 dogs is half a dog and 3 dogs is no dog at all. "

After rereading your description of the incident it seems like the pack mentality of the poor beasts over took their owners flawed judgement of how cute and cuddly theiur dogs are.
 

Jen

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Our neighbors have dogs who roam free in our rural area. We are on lakefront lots with lots of woods and farms surrounding so dogs roaming free is the norm around here. And the dogs are not so friendly. Barking and growling at me and my kids at the bus stop, a little talk with the neighbors helped and repeated suggestions in our lake association newsletter about the townships leash laws also helped. It would peeve me when the neighbors would say "oh he's a friendly dog won't hurt anyone" Yeah what does bared teeth and a growl mean?
 

otterpop

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This is a pet peeve of mine - pun intended. Just last year I got nipped by some woman's precious pooch because she did not take responsibilty for her mutt. I was attacked by some teenager's dog because the Shepherd was not on a leash, in violation of city ordinance. My personal opinion is a loose dog should be treated like a weapon. If your dog bites someone or mauls a kid or someone's cat or dog, etc, then you should do some heavy jail time.

As far as what should be done about these roaming dogs- you might adopt the attitude of Montana ranchers in relation to grizzlies -- "Shoot, Shovel and Shut up."
 

Chet

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[ot] From the title of this thread I was expecting some exotic photshop of a top flashing its teats at a camera on the streets of New Orleans.[/ot]
 

martini

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Yep. another dog lover here, but it seems that these owners don't really realize what is happening. They weren't listening to you the first time, maybe afer a few police visits they'll start to listen. Too bad relations won't be as good anylonger though.
 

plannerkat

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No sympathy for the loose dog owner here. I chewed the neighbors down the street a new one recently after they repeatedly let their 2 large dogs run loose on our street at the same time kids were getting dropped off at the neighboring elementary school. Um, small children and large dogs off leash are not a good combinations. Besides that, they were shitting in my yard and I was reluctant to take my own dog outside since I was unsure of their disposition. When I saw them out again I promptly reported it to animal control. The dogs are leashed since they got the warning citiation. I say keep calling, especially since the beast has shown aggressive behavior and the neighbors are clearly idiots.
 

SkeLeton

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I like dogs, but if a foreign dog enters my property, I'll see what I do with it, afterall it's my property and I can defend it as I please... I had a friend that used a tire pump and corks to shoo off cats, but I guess with those dogs it won't work much, so I'll recomend to catch a dog and get a piano wire.. and later give the owner back his dog... he'll learn afterwards...(one would hope)
 

tsc

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well the town dog catcher said to try and keep cameras handy and take pictures whenever the dog is not contained on their own property,, in the road or whereever....

So we are going to do the town thing,, and fence in a part of our yard. Fencing in the whole yard is out of the question.

I actually did write a letter to the editor and it was printed in both of the local papers....but I don't think the dog owners read much....
 

Mastiff

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This won't solve the problem, but...

Get a little hamburger, make meatballs, hollow them out and fill the centers with a load of red pepper. Fry... toss in the yard when then head your way.

If nothing else, it's good for a laugh. Oh, and if they keep the dogs IN at night, fill with X-Lax instead....
 

Chet

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I'm still all about the fem-dogs -- dare I say beyotches - showing their teats on Daytona Beach on spring break....
 

Zoning Goddess

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Chet said:
I'm still all about the fem-dogs -- dare I say beyotches - showing their teats on Daytona Beach on spring break....

Geez, when do you guys outgrow the spring break thing? I know guys from here in their 40's who still go over there, trying to score.
 

Chet

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Zoning Goddess said:
Geez, when do you guys outgrow the spring break thing? I know guys from here in their 40's who still go over there, trying to score.

Do you really wana start this conversation, with all you know? :-0
 
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