My best friends dogs have been missing for 6 days now.And we are thinking the worse.They live out in the country.About 1 mile from her mother in law.The houses are far and few between so everyone lets the dogs run.There is almost no traffic and everyone loves everyone else's dogs.Blacky and Rufus were on their way to the mother in laws house when she saw the neigborhood a**h*** stop get out w/ his gun and go back in the woods.A few minutes later she heard 3 shots.She did not see the dogs just the man.The dogs have not been seen since.The man has also been over heard says the dogs have been running off all the deer.If he shot those dogs for running off the deer on their own property he needs to be shot.The man does not own the land hes been hunting on.The property line runs w/ the mother in laws.I'm so mad over this.Over deer hunting.I guess the fact that one was pit and the other was lab/pit did not help.The people here are not big fans of pits.My friend has had to put the other dogs in the house and take them out on a leash.Yes one is a mix and Muffin is pit.We rescued her from a neigbor she was born hair liped.( I know that's not the right term but you know what I mean) He was letting her starve to death.So we took care of her and my friend fell in love w/ her so she kept her. If this s.o.b shot those dogs he is going to be in some hot water.My friends hubby will beat the h*l* out of him.This makes me sick.Those are good dogs wouldn't hurt a fly.If he did shoot them being they were not on his property posing a threat can he be in trouble w/ the law? I know my friends hubby will be.If this is what happened.
Thanks for letting me vent.
***Edited By: bassetbaby on 11/10/2005 8:32:37 AM*** Reason: spelling
Sorry to hear about your friends dogs, but this is another case for not letting your dogs run loose. If they want them to run loose, even out in the country, then they should invest in a good fence for their property.
Sure, it may be expensive, but aren't the dogs worth it? Isn't it worth it for the peace of mind that your dogs will stay contained and away from neighbors?
Up here, if a dog is running cattle, horses, deer or livestock, they can be destroyed. It is against the law to run deer using dogs or to allow your dogs to run the deer even without your intervention. It is dangerous to the dogs and to the deer or livestock. I've been told that once a dog starts running deer, it is nearly impossible to break them of this trait.
I don't believe in allowing my dogs to roam the neighborhood, whether they be in town or in the country. My dogs are and will be contained on my own property.
How else can I be sure what they are getting into? Traps, poisons, other peoples gardens, running into traffic. I believe it is just a common courtesy to keep your dogs controlled and is safer for the pets in general.
That's AWFUL! I'm not sure where they are, but most areas have more than enough deer! And why can't this guy just go to another spot to hunt? I'm sure 5 miles down the road there is a spot he could hunt in!
Go into the wood where the dogs were supsected of being shot and look for the bodies. If you find them, carefully collect them and get them to the nearest vet for an autopsy and possible retrieval of bullets. Yes you will have to pay for this service. Go to the police, file charges of animal cruelty (this will be a felony in some states) Take your whitness and have then fill out a statement. If you have bullett evidence pulled from the animals make sure that the vet collects it, marks it and seals it. Photo graphs are great too.
I know that when you live in the country that it seems like you are giving your dogs freedom to let them run. But incidents like this are just one of the MANY reasons you need to keep pets in a secured yard.
Thanks everyone.THey have been looking but so far nothing. They saw buzzards yesterday so the last I heard they were going to follow them.
Let me just say that my golden is not in a fence either.Were are in the country on a lake.We have 3 acres to fence in.We have been buing as much fence as we can it is going to run us a small fourtune to fence all this in.So for now he is free.And we have 2 eldery ladys here that do not want him fenced because he has adopted them.He watches out for them just as he does us.He does not bother anyone.Or I would do some thing right away.He is very well behaved.Unlike the blood hound that comes over.Who gets in my car and knocked my 2 month old neice's car seat over w/ her in it.
I agree, fencing is expensive, it is a major investment. But to me, my pets are worth more than the cost. I had horses for years and believe me when I say that chain link fencing is very costly. We had 10 acres fenced, it cost a fortune, but at least I could rest assured that my horses were safe.
Safe not only from them getting out and getting hurt, but from stray dogs getting in and chasing them in their own fields.
I've seen cases where people let their dogs run and they get in with the horse or cattle and run them until either the livestock drops from exhaustion or ends up going through the barb wire fencing. Either way, it is not a pleasant death.
The chain link fencing held the horses in, without me having to worry about them getting caught in a barb wire, plus I didn't have to worry about something getting in with them and causing their injury or worse yet death.
It is part of a pet owners responsibility to keep their animals safe and under control. I, for one, don't appreciate a neighbor letting their dogs run wild, ending up in my yard, when my dogs are contained.
Bassetbaby - Do you let your Basset Hounds wander through the neighborhood too? You will have a huge problem on your hands as they grow older. Basset Hounds are a scent hound. They will put their head down and follow the scent of a rabbit for miles. Please don't tell me that you let them run, like you let your Golden Retriever. I'm afraid their future fate may be the same as your neighbors dogs, if you let them run, too.
No my bassets do not run free.I go out when they do.We walk several times a day so they get their execise.We are working on getting the fence up.Like I said it is expensive.Our golden does not rome everywhere.You can walk out any time of day and he's in our yard.Unless the lady next door has a treat for him.Or some one is in her yard.We have all of 4 neigbors.And their dogs come here too.
Thanks for the concern everyone.I talked to her this morning still no word.And they have not been turned in at the shelter either.
If those dogs were not on his property then he can not shoot them.
Dont know where you live but here in Texas that is against the law unless the owner of the property does it while protecting something of his /
A neighbors dog killed some of my baby goats this year on the owners only got a notice from the sheriff saying that if it happened again they would get a fine. And the sheriff said if I caught the dogs in action I can shoot them but I couldnt do it.
I agree, fencing is expensive. I own a fencing company (just starting up). We sell to contractors for $14 a foot. Its a good wall though!
I had a basset hound when I was a kid. We got her from friends in Colorado who found her on the side of a highway in New Mexico when they were going to a horse show. We had her for a few years, when one day, she disappeared. We looked and looked and put up signs, couldn't find her. At the time there was a mountain lion around, and a bunch of local pets were disappearing, and a child was nearly attacked a few blocks away. We just assumed Sadie was one of the lion's prey. About 9 months later, my family and I were sitting around watching tv, the front door was open. All of a sudden, in walks Sadie. She walked in the family room, and rolled over on her back, waiting for her belly to get rubbed (she did this whenever someone walked up to her). We think someone had her. It was just wierd.
But, I hope your friend finds her dogs, and alive!
This story is terrible and makes me very angry. The only ones I have sympathy for are the dogs themselves. How can you say these dogs where loved when they were allowed to roam free at the disposal of any danger they may incur, which is what sounds like has happened? There are SO MANY bad things that can happen to a roaming dog. Great love. Tell me, out your way where everybody just lets their dogs roam like this, are these dogs kept up to date with their vaccines? Most importantly, rabies? And are they spayed and neutered? I doubt it. Not to mention it's ILLEGAL to allow dogs to do this. If any good can come out of this, maybe it's that these neighbors will open their eyes now.