I am not one to be a nosey neighbor or cause problems but when is it time to complain about dogs (primarily in my case Pits) who can jump the fence? I walk my dogs everyday around the block. Recently, two houses have just gotten pits or are not watching them and they can jump the fence. I know this because one of the Pits jumped and came after my golden retriever! Luckily my dog was not injured SCARED and peed all over the road, but it also scared me to death! The owner got the dog and said he would fix the problem, but has piled a cooler and table in the spot she can get over. I am not pleased and I am running out of places to walk my dog. We are putting up a 6 foot fence this month to keep our dogs safe, but they love to walk. What to do? Now the house across the street has a pit who also can jump the fence and has in the past ripped up my screens to try to get my cats. One cat is now missing and I can only guess but well it has been a week. I don't want to be the cause of an animal being taken away , put down, or for them to know I complained if I decide to. What do you all think???? Is their a party that could give a warning first to the owners? When is it time to complain!?
***Edited By: shannonm on 7/7/2005 11:20:29 AM*** Reason: spelling
I would personally, depending on how friendly they seem to be, go to their door and talk with them about it. You always have the option of contacteing the authorities also, they are responsible to keep their dogs in a safe and secure area, and the local law enfocement can cite them, or tell you who to contact.
there is probably a leash law where you live. can you take pics or video of the dogs jumping the fence? as soon as they clear the fence they're in violation of the leash law. here it is a $300 per dog (1st offence) fine.
and no matter how nice you are about it be prepared the owner will probably feel singled out b/c pits are this year's 'bad breed' and you would harrass him if he had chihuaua's, etc.
i share a drive way with my neighbor (she's a nut0 and once asked her to get her (off leash) dog out of the way of company's car that was coming to visit and she wwent ballistic. a screaming match ensued and i ended up filing a police report for harrassment.
i hope you have better luck with your neighbors :P
***Edited By: ESKIEGIRL on 7/7/2005 12:04:57 PM*** Reason: .
Sorry you're having so many problems and about the loss of you cat.
I do wonder at the fact that the only dogs in your neighborhood who manage to get over their fences (the 3 you mention specifically) are all pits.
You're probably far better off with the 6' fence and if you go out and play with your Golden in your fenced yard, he will get enough exercise. Maybe you can resume the walks once your neighbors get everything under control.
I would report it AC... and keep on them. Owners are responsible for the behavior of the dogs they care for....and Owners are responsible for where the dogs they care for are at all times. I own 2 American Staffordshire Terriers ,1 Boxer/Shep mix …and I would be very upset with my dogs if they showed that kind of behavior!! Mine are collared , micro chipped, registered/ licensed and introduced to my neighborhood. My yard is fenced and checked regularly. I take full responsibility for them. I would only hope all owners do… no matter what the breed. The owners are obviously not taking care of the dog properly. Nor are they showing that they care about others or what could happen to others are their own dog. Keep a log of every incident, take video, and or photo as well to back up your deep concern to AC.
I'd report to animal control immediately. Who cares if they find out that you complained? They're the irresponsible ones who are letting their dogs run loose, destroying private property, and endangering lives. One of them may have already eaten your cat. Do you want to give them a chance to take out some more animals? Or someone's two year old?
When I was little, our neighbors had a vicious GSD mix that they were trying to train to guard their house. They repeatedly claimed that they "couldn't" restrain the dog, but that he wouldn't hurt a fly anyway. Well, of course, the dog eventually rushed into our back yard, chased my brother & sister, and severely injured my dad's miniature poodle. My father grabbed the shepherd and hauled it back to his owners. As he turned to walk back home he said, "If I ever see your dog in our yard again, it's dead."
If you put enough pressure on these people, they WILL figure out how to contain their dogs. I understand it's easier said here than done in real life, but dammit, they make it harder on EVERYONE, especially those of us who own dogs. If not for them, BSL would not exist.
Ange ,that statement is so very well said.I own 2 female APBT,and I take every precaution to ensure that my dogs are safely confined to their yard.When my dogs are out,some one is always home to supervise them.Responsibility and common sense for your dogs would prevent all this BSL going on.Stupid owners are the reason why this noble breed is in danger of BSL across the board.
Down the street from us there were two boxers, Minnie and Mickey, anyway a guest to that house left they gate open and they got out. Needless to say at that exact timemy mom was walking our mini sheltie and they went after her. She tore off from the leash to get away from the boxers and they caught up to Shelby and ripped the pads off the bottom of her feet. I would say its better to jump the gun and get this taken care of before something like that happens to your dog or somebody elses.
My thoughts are that the time to complain is BEFORE one of the dogs hurts you, your dog, or some kid! Gee, how would you feel if you didn't complain or report them to the authorities, and tomorrow you hear that they jumped the fence again and mauled a 7 year old?
I'm not saying these people are rude or anyhting but lets just say they do get out and attak your dog, what if the dogs owner says your dog provoked my dog, something like that. Well if you have filed something there would be no discussion because it would already be apparent that these dogs are always running lose and can be agressive. It would benefit you and all of your neighbors. Maybe you could all get together and approach that one neighbor or all sign a petition or something just so that there is proof and they have already been told that there dogs run free.
We had to do the same thing. We put up a wooden fence but run it along the cylone fence. I think you are doing the right thing in putting up a higher fence. If it meant not taking them out for walks I would do it. People can be so vindictive. If you confort them they might even do something like poison your dogs. I guess I am a coward in somthing like this but sometimes it does more bad than good. Years ago when I had my little mini doxie we had a neighbor behind us that we knew had even killed animals. He was a teenager, and had started in on my little dog by just agrivating him and throwing water on him. We tryed talking to him to no avail until one day my son came over and seen what was going on and he just got in his car, drove over there, rang the bell and said "you see that street"? If any harm comes to that dog or you do anything else to him I will personally come over here and wipe that street up with your b----. We never had another problem.
Thanks! And I would like to say even if it was not a pit I am still serious about dogs getting loose and charging my dog. I think I will complain... I just don't want them to get angry and take it out on me or my pets! Like one of you said people can be quite mean! We don't let our dogs off leash ever for their safety and for others- not that my golden would do anything but he could easily jump up on a child and knock them on the concrete and that is not cool! So, you are all right I'll try first to talk to them maybe they need a week or so to fix the fence but after that I am afraid I will have to complain. It sucks that I can't walk my dog onour everyday route though...