It gets worse. Not only did i have people throwing poison in my yard i now have to worry about people stealing or shooting my babies. Not to long ago my neighbor lost a dog to poisoning. Also there were a few stray dogs that were shot not to far from my home. This morning i left Elie and Digger in the back yard to play. Its fenced in. I heard a gun shot and ran outside. I saw a car driving off. Elie and Digger were cowering at my feet and trying to get in the house. I called the police and told them what happend. They said they cant do anything because i wasnt out there when it happened and i didnt see anyone shoot at them. This is so fustrating. On the news they had a report about people stealing dogs from yards. They use the stolen dogs as bait for training fighting dogs. If they cant catch a dog or there is another dog preventing them from geting at the one they want they shoot it.
Now they have totally changed. Both Elie and Digger have forgotten there potty training. They are peeing and pooping in the house. They try and hide it behind the couch. They cower in there kennels. They will not go outside. What do i do?
About the only thing you can do as far as the peeing and pooping goes is go back to basics, crate them, don't leave htem alone in the house so they don't have the opportunity to go in the house. The best way to keep your dogs szfe when they are outside is to be outside with them at all times. Then you don't have to worry bout them being stolen or shot at.
Wow, that is so scary! I have had both a dog stolen and a dog shot, and it was so heartbreaking both times, I san't imagine why anyone would ever do something like that. Just keep a close eye on your babies for now.
That is so sh***y!! How could someone do something like that?? It just ticks me off to no end!! I saw something like that on Emergency Vets one time. The people found dog food soaked in either antifreeze or rat poison, I don't remember. It was a whole garbage bag full and they also got a threatening letter from someone saying that if they didn't get their dogs to shut up they'd shut them up for them. Awful!!
Thats awful, digger. I'm sure your dogs are very scared. Try taking them out on a lead to potty and them right back in. Give them a treat right after they go. Maybe they will learn to go quickly and come back in and they might feel safer with you out there with them. Good luck, maybe moving would not be a bad idea, if you can afford it.
i'm sorry that people are so absolutely awful. when my labX was young he was poisoned by a neighbor(and i use that term loosely), who had thrown out poisoned meat in everyone's driveway. she actually had the nerve to come to my house and tell me to my face, her reasoning being there were too many dogs in the 'hood(what kind of logic is that?). sure enough, when i went to check on keepie, he was frothing at the mouth and shaking uncontrollably. i managed to get him to the vet on time, and after a night at the hospital and a very large vet bill, he was home. the cops were unable to do anything for me, as i didn't have any "proof". the scary thing is people who commit these sort of acts(for whatever reason) are sick and i feel dangerous. the only thing you can do to protect yourself is monitor your dogs at all times, impossible as that may seem. either that or move to pluto. i really hope you are able to get your dogs back on track. be patient, be careful, and know that not everyone out there is a weirdo. if only we could actually live in TP, no?
***Edited By: bessieloubop on 11/24/2004 12:10:55 PM*** Reason: afterthought
What a sad story. You know - it is frustrating when you can't have dogs in your OWN yard.
My father is a 'rough' man. He will shoot a dog in a heartbeat if they come in his yard (and are digging in trash or tearing something up). He says that if the owners can't keep them up - he'll find a way to take care of the problem. He has NEVER bothered a dog in someone else's yard - and he lives in a rural area where animal control does not exist. In fact, the 'hunters' there are considered 'animal control'.
Personally - I refuse to pick up garbage after someone else's dog too - but I will give them the chance to fix the problem first. If they don't - I have learned that I can take them to court and sue them for 'clean up fees'.
This hurts their pocketbook and not the dog. ;-)
Still - if they are in YOUR yard - whats these peoples problem???
Oh my gosh, that's scary. Nothing like that has happened around here. My dad was going to kill our neighbors cat for coming over here all the time but he never once asked the neighbor to keep it pinned up. Well, they moved and the cat's fine, thank god. Sometimes he can be so insensitive.
I dont know how people can be like that. I am sorry to hear about that. Hopefully someone will see these people trying to do something so that they get caught. I hate it when police wont do anything to help...
I live in lower South Carolina. Near the Georgia border. I cant move because i am in the process of buying my house. I know, now i am rethinking it. I moved from Mass to be closer to my family.
I tried taking them out. I put Elie on leash and she dug her feet into the ground and wouldnt move. I bent down to pick her up (all 45lbs of her) and she cowered and peed on the floor. Digger wont get near me when im holding the leash. Right now i have them both kenneld. I had to clean out Elie's earlier because she peed in it.
I talked to one of my friends and she is going to take them for a few days. She lives in a rural area. I hope the change will chill them out a bit. If not i dont know what im going to do.