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A neighbor RANT!

post #1 of 11
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Ok, I am going to pull my hair out!!

WE moved in October(dont think I posted it) but anyways...we moved to town, which is just fine and dandy, but.....my neighbors(who I have became pretty close to) have 3 dogs that run, LOOSE! There is 2 little mutts and a boxer. none of which are spayed/neutered....the boxer just weaned a liter of pups, no more than 2 weeks ago, shes gonna get pregnant again! I have talked to them about this, but it kinda falls on deaf ears.

Anyhoo, my RANT is this: the boxer is tearing up my front door because she wants inside!! I let her in a couple times, because it is cold and rainy, but I dunno what to do to make her stop! I talked to the lady and told her what was going on, and she always apologizes, but if the dog ruins my screen I dunno if they have the $$ to replace it! I hate to see her cold, and hungry, so my heart got the best of me and I let her in and fed her...but now she WONT leave!! When they let her out, my house is the first place she comes to....

Ugghh....I dont want any problems with them, and when we first moved in the boxer was tied up to a itty bitty chain So maybe her running loose is better than that. I dont know....
post #2 of 11
Check with your town regarding leash laws. Most towns have them - you need to get the authorities involved. Its against the law to allow dogs to be running loose.

And tell your neighbor that IF their dog comes in your yard again you will have it picked up by animal control and you will be presenting them a bill for the damaged screens. If you have to - take it to small claims court.

Its one thing to be kind once or twice - but obviously these people do not know how to take care of a pet.

Are you allowed to put up a fence around your property to keep the dogs out?
post #3 of 11
Personally what I would do is sneakily find someone I know to take one in at a time. Get them fixed and find them new, loving and caring homes. If the neighbour asks if I saw their dog, my answer would be an innocent "No. Sorry. I hope it's ok!"
post #4 of 11
Take all 3 dogs to the local shelter. Technically, they're strays. Just don't tell them who they belong to. (Yes, I am evil)
post #5 of 11
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Take all 3 dogs to the local shelter. Technically, they're strays. Just don't tell them who they belong to. (Yes, I am evil)
hehe, where there is a will, there is a way! Those people don't deserve to have a pet. Pets are a privilege, not a right. They aren't responsible pet owners.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Personally what I would do is sneakily find someone I know to take one in at a time. Get them fixed and find them new, loving and caring homes. If the neighbour asks if I saw their dog, my answer would be an innocent "No. Sorry. I hope it's ok!"
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Take all 3 dogs to the local shelter. Technically, they're strays. Just don't tell them who they belong to. (Yes, I am evil)
Well, both ideas are good I was considering finding at least the boxer a home, she is the one that is tearing up my door!

As far as a shelter, well.....around here, there really isnt any and the one I know of, charges a $25 drop off fee....

Oh and they also have a pretty little calico cat that was coming around every day( I was leaving food out until the dogs started eating it all) and the cat isnt spayed either!

I am going to do some checking though.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Personally what I would do is sneakily find someone I know to take one in at a time. Get them fixed and find them new, loving and caring homes. If the neighbour asks if I saw their dog, my answer would be an innocent "No. Sorry. I hope it's ok!"

That's what I'm gonna do, when we can afford to adopt Stubby (Indigo). "Nope - I haven't seen her....so sorry!"

We're having the same problem too, with Mr. Sanford & Son, who live in back of us. THAT'S where all our strays are coming from.. We've reported him, but nothing's been done..

I feel for ya - I know what you're going through.

~KK~
post #8 of 11
Oh my goodness! I would be going crazy too!!! If the dog is causing damage they are responsible for the damage wether they have the money or not. I would call the police about it if they aren't willing to properly care for the dog. It's illegal to have your dog run loose!!!!

Honestly, if nothing changed after a few months I would be a really bad person..... If they aren't taken care of properly and they are loose I would take them to a shelter and hope they find a better home. I don't see anything illegal by doing that..... The dogs loose and it's looks to be in poor health

Edit..... I can't believe your local shelter charges to drop off an animal!!!!! I bet money there is one within 30 miles of you though. Check petfinder..... I have about 6 or 7 shelters that are within a 30 mile radius of my house.
post #9 of 11
Most shelters only charge the fee as a release and consent, but if they are strays do not charge, just for people surrendering their animals, so it is worth asking them for clarification.

I would take them to the shelter too
post #10 of 11
I would simply call animal control - if you try and do something sneaky then you're more likely to finish up with some sort of case against you, which isn't really what you want. If their pets suddenly disappear, you could find yourself being accused - regardless of whether or not they have evidence against you. I'd tell them again that the next time they are on your property, you will have them removed by animal control as strays. Tell them precisely what will happen. Document it. Take pictures of the damage the boxer has done to your door, take pictures of them running loose. That way, when they are removed, as I suspect they will be, the owners haven't got a leg to stand on. They were warned, so they should have learned. If you then find yourself in a position where they want a case against you for theft or whatever, you've got all you need to clear your own name.

It can be a delicate situation, because when all is said and done, you still have to live next door to these people. You don't want them to make life difficult. Or at least, any MORE difficult.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by LilleKat View Post
I would simply call animal control - if you try and do something sneaky then you're more likely to finish up with some sort of case against you, which isn't really what you want. If their pets suddenly disappear, you could find yourself being accused - regardless of whether or not they have evidence against you. I'd tell them again that the next time they are on your property, you will have them removed by animal control as strays. Tell them precisely what will happen. Document it. Take pictures of the damage the boxer has done to your door, take pictures of them running loose. That way, when they are removed, as I suspect they will be, the owners haven't got a leg to stand on. They were warned, so they should have learned. If you then find yourself in a position where they want a case against you for theft or whatever, you've got all you need to clear your own name.

It can be a delicate situation, because when all is said and done, you still have to live next door to these people. You don't want them to make life difficult. Or at least, any MORE difficult.
Excellent advice! When you are too nice, people walk on you and sometimes you just have to draw the line.
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