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post #31 of 49
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Missy and buddy are actualy Charlies dogs (DH) he has been staying at his dads because his dad is having alot of health issures that could be fatal if someone is not there to watch over him. Charlies took Missy to his dads house with him and for the past few months or so we have been trying to rehome Buddy. Charlie took him because his previous owners were gonna dump him off at the local shelter (animals there really have no chance) his intentions were to find another home for him seeing how this is a area that has a lot of farms he thought it would be easy to rehome a red heeler with farm expierence. but it has been a very long ordeal and needless to say we (charlie) has yet to find a home for him. we do have a clean bill of health on both dogs now so there should be no more problem.

p.s. Shannon my sweet Ringo didn't make it. by the time they got him to the vets he was gone. I remember sitting on the front porch waiting for him to come home for several days. i kept thinking that maybe he jumped out of the car while no one was looking (ok i was 8) and was trying to find his way home to me. It took me along time to get over that because when my grandparents adopted me i had come from a very troubled very hard beginning and Ringo was the first "person" i bonded with ever in my whole life ( i was adopted at age 5). it still makes me cry when i think about him.
post #32 of 49
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
If somebody is going to bloody complain they should have enough guts to say who they are!!!!!!!!!!

My puppies barked and we got $2000 worth of fines because of them, now who ever the heck is complaining has started complaining about my 13 year old dog - when I find out who these people are!!!!!!!!!

If I lose this dog, I've lost my life.

So where are you that $2000 in fines can be levied without every facing the "accuser" or complainant in court?
post #33 of 49
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Originally Posted by Mom2SalemIsis
thats just the thing that is eating me alive! the vet said that they are both fine and in perfect health and that because their breed (heeler) is a very active one that it is perfectly normal for them to be "thin" he said they are both within the normal standards for this breed and we even had him write it down and give us a copy so "if" the policeman comes back to the door i can (very politely lol) give him the letter from the vet and (very politley lol) ask him to leave me and my dog (missy is already with charlies dad) alone!!
Most cops don't know squat about animal control investigations. Should he knock again, DO NOT INVITE HIM IN. You can give him the letter if you want but other than being polite - you have NO OBLIGATION to allow him access to your home without a search warrant. Your dogs are properly cared for. Make sure you have current rabies vaccinations and city licenses and politely tell the cop to pound sand somewhere else. He cannot enter your yard if its fenced in the back without that same search warrant. If he says he is going to issue you a ticket, ask him for his supervisors name and ask a supervisor to respond to the scene. Again, polite, but this guy sounds like a yahoo. Most animal offenses are NOT arrestable unless you refuse to sign the paper. I can see just how far this case would make it in court with the letter from your vet. -- NOWHERE --

Also, don't get rid of your dogs. Get your other dog back.

Advise the oh so helpful cop that he can advise the complainant to contact you directly as neighbors should or the neighbor can pound sand as well.

PM me with your city, state and I will look up the local codes and give you some more pointers.

Bottom line - don't let the anonymous neighbor or the noknowledge cop bully you!
post #34 of 49
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p.s. Shannon my sweet Ringo didn't make it. by the time they got him to the vets he was gone. I remember sitting on the front porch waiting for him to come home for several days. i kept thinking that maybe he jumped out of the car while no one was looking (ok i was 8) and was trying to find his way home to me. It took me along time to get over that because when my grandparents adopted me i had come from a very troubled very hard beginning and Ringo was the first "person" i bonded with ever in my whole life ( i was adopted at age 5). it still makes me cry when i think about him.
OMG, I'm so sorry. It was a long time ago but it's obvious the pain is still there. What an awful man! And what an awful thing for an 8 year old to go through!
post #35 of 49
I am soo sorry you are losing your babies but you know where they are going so you can visit
post #36 of 49
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Originally Posted by Mark Kumpf
Most cops don't know squat about animal control investigations. Should he knock again, DO NOT INVITE HIM IN. You can give him the letter if you want but other than being polite - you have NO OBLIGATION to allow him access to your home without a search warrant. Your dogs are properly cared for. Make sure you have current rabies vaccinations and city licenses and politely tell the cop to pound sand somewhere else. He cannot enter your yard if its fenced in the back without that same search warrant. If he says he is going to issue you a ticket, ask him for his supervisors name and ask a supervisor to respond to the scene. Again, polite, but this guy sounds like a yahoo. Most animal offenses are NOT arrestable unless you refuse to sign the paper. I can see just how far this case would make it in court with the letter from your vet. -- NOWHERE --

Also, don't get rid of your dogs. Get your other dog back.

Advise the oh so helpful cop that he can advise the complainant to contact you directly as neighbors should or the neighbor can pound sand as well.

PM me with your city, state and I will look up the local codes and give you some more pointers.

Bottom line - don't let the anonymous neighbor or the noknowledge cop bully you!
I agree completely, except to add that after you get your dogs back, I think you should definitely start trying to control their barking with training, and/or with an ultrasonic anti-bark beeper or citronella collars or keeping them indoors.

If your dogs are barkers, you'll need to address it for the sake of your other neighbors - the ones who may be bothered but haven't complained. An endlessly barking dog can be unbelievably nerve-wracking.

I do hope you get your dog back, and get this resolved in your favor soon!
post #37 of 49
I don't think you should give away your dogs! If one of them has gone to Charlie's dad's house for awhile maybe the other will be a bit quieter. But the main thing the cop was concerned about was their weight and your vet has backed you up on that, so you have nothing to worry about. I am glad that cops care enough to check on dogs that may be mistreated. Your dogs arent' so just give them the vet's letter. Your nasty neighbour, now...I can see that barking dogs would be annoying but they should have complained to you first.
post #38 of 49
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Originally Posted by Mark Kumpf
So where are you that $2000 in fines can be levied without every facing the "accuser" or complainant in court?
They are issued by Animal Control
post #39 of 49
Thread Starter 
well Missy is doing good hanging out with her daddy for a change (charlie is staying at his dads taking care of him) and loves it. buddy only barks now when someone he dosent knows is actually in the yard. he doesnt howl at the trains anymore and dosent he is like a tatally different dog now that shes not here. maybe it was missy that instigated all the barking and howling lol. the cop came by he wasn't gonna stop he jsut pulled up slowly in front of the house and was looking in the back yard. he looked really surprised when i flaged him down and gave him the note from the vet and the vet receipt he just looked at me like he had just been punched in the gut lol. it was funny i was nice and pleasent and told him that "we had to take the dogs in to get them updated on their shots for this year and asked the vet about their weigt and he said they were fine and there was nothing unhealthy or sickly and then wrote a nice little note to give to you as proof. and we also have the receipt from the visit." i gave him both i wish i could have taken a picture of his face but i think that would have been pushing it. it took a aminute for him to process all this and then he said "well i guess its ok i mean if the vet said they are fine and maybe they don't look as skinny as i thought. i will add this to the complaint form and that will be that. you have a nice day".....i just laughed as i watched him drive down the street.
post #40 of 49
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Originally Posted by Mom2SalemIsis
asked the vet about their weigt and he said they were fine and there was nothing unhealthy or sickly and then wrote a nice little note to give to you as proof. and we also have the receipt from the visit." i gave him both i wish i could have taken a picture of his face .
That is great! Bet he feels a few inches shorter and not as smart about dogs as he thought he was! Hopefully he will inform the neighbor of the vets note.
post #41 of 49
Great News
post #42 of 49
I have to say those citronella collars work wonders. I got an EVICTION notice on my apartment door, at the last complex I lived in. Apparently my dogs had been barking for WEEKS while I was at work and several neighbors had complained. Mind, I had no idea. They were quiet when I left and quiet when I came home, and no one complained to me or so much as taped a note to my door. Apparently, one of the neighbors had even threatened to call animal control because they thought the dogs were being starved, and that's why they were barking.

I went to the office immediately, flabbergasted by all this. I told her that I could not fix a problem I didn't know about, and why had no one notified me of this earlier? She just kind of shrugged and said if the problem was solved in the next week the eviction order would be trashed.

I went out and got a pair of citronella collars and put them on. Problem instantly solved. I went back three days later and asked if my dogs were still an issue and she was shocked. She hadn't heard a peep out of them in those three days. I told her 'yeah, could have all been quiet sooner if someone had just told me about the problem!'

Now my girls don't need citronella at all. Every seven or eight months my boxer will forget and woof once or twice in her crate when I leave, but I put the collar on her for that one day and all's good once more.
post #43 of 49
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Originally Posted by Ravyn
I have to say those citronella collars work wonders. I got an EVICTION notice on my apartment door, at the last complex I lived in. Apparently my dogs had been barking for WEEKS while I was at work and several neighbors had complained. Mind, I had no idea. They were quiet when I left and quiet when I came home, and no one complained to me or so much as taped a note to my door. Apparently, one of the neighbors had even threatened to call animal control because they thought the dogs were being starved, and that's why they were barking.

I went to the office immediately, flabbergasted by all this. I told her that I could not fix a problem I didn't know about, and why had no one notified me of this earlier? She just kind of shrugged and said if the problem was solved in the next week the eviction order would be trashed.

I went out and got a pair of citronella collars and put them on. Problem instantly solved. I went back three days later and asked if my dogs were still an issue and she was shocked. She hadn't heard a peep out of them in those three days. I told her 'yeah, could have all been quiet sooner if someone had just told me about the problem!'

Now my girls don't need citronella at all. Every seven or eight months my boxer will forget and woof once or twice in her crate when I leave, but I put the collar on her for that one day and all's good once more.
ive never heard of those! where do you get them i think im gonna need one for Nahima seeing as how she never really barks she howls!!!
post #44 of 49
If you live near a Petsmart or Petco, they usually carry citronella collars. They can also be found online.

I love the way they work, because it's totally humane for the dog - nothing painful, just a very effective distraction to stop the barking and howling. I'm glad they worked for your dogs, Ravyn!
post #45 of 49
Thread Starter 
thanks ill have to get one
post #46 of 49
What is a citronella collar?
post #47 of 49
I think it's great you get to keep your dogs,but please don't look down on the police officer who came to your house. He was just doing his job and I'm pleased their was someone who cared enough to check on the dogs. Not all animals are lucky enough to have a good home and owner like you. Good luck with your dogs.
post #48 of 49
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Originally Posted by joecool
What is a citronella collar?
It's a collar with a sensor and a little cylinder of citronella spray (strong-smelling but harmless) that sprays citronella when the dog barks.

The strong scent of the citronella serves as a distraction to stop dogs from boredom barking. It won't stop a dog from barking at an intruder, because then the stimulus to bark is stronger than the distraction of the spray, but it works great for dogs who bark at minor things, or who bark because they're bored.
post #49 of 49
I'm pleased to hear that the situation has been resolved so well!
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