Apparently some people that I know were visiting at a friends house (we all live in the same town). They each own dogs and the one couple brought their dog over with them. They preceded to let both dogs run free around the neighborhood. One of the dogs chased a girl who was walking her dog on a leash. She freaked and ran home telling her father. The father came out of the home with a gun. Shot 6 shots at the dogs in the middle of the neighborhood street. He missed and the dogs ran away. He got in his car and followed them. The dogs went back to the house where the one lived and the other one visiting and laid down in the front yard. The man got out of his car, walked over to the one dog who did the chasing and shot it point blank in the head killing it. I don't know all the facts yet, it hasn't hit the newspapers here. I have heard through the grapevine that the man who shot the dog has been arrested for several things. What a tragic story and another good reason to not let dogs run free. We have a leash law here. I will let you all know more details when I get them.
That actually just hit me how close to home that was. Aisha took off on me tonight while at my mother in laws after a very wise person on this board advised me to keep her home. She was a good 4 miles away before we caught her. She was never in my view until the very end and me running down the street with no shoes and yelling at the top of my lungs. What if she went one more block which is a very busy road near a highway. I would of died and everyone would be wondering why I never returned on TP. All kidding aside, it was so scary. I thought i lost her for good.
Wendy, I think it would be safe to say that violating a leash law is going to be th eleast of that guy's problems. Aisha if I were that very wise person I would say, I TOLD YOU SO! The same thing happened to my next door neighbor when she was visiting her daughter, but she never found her dog.
Yes, cricket, I agree. I just meant that if the people that I know had not allowed their dogs to just run the neighborhood then none of this would have happened. They would still have their dog. I understand that they let their dog run alot and know it. I am not making any excuses for the physco who came out shooting his gun. That guy is in some serious trouble. It's just horrible that the whole thing had to happen. I guess he thought his daughter was in danger. I wasn't there so I'm not sure of all the details.
OMG! I was so scared and yes you told me so. I never ran that fast before in my lifetime. I lost 5 pounds and how I did not land my @$$ in the hospital with an asthma attack is beyond me. lol. Well not really. I am still mad at her and she is never leaving home again!
I would think that he is more trouble because the dogs were on their own property. Not that doing it in the middle of the road is any better. The child did not get attacked right? so, he just thought that putting the whole neighbourhood in danger would of been better. Stupid! And people who just shot other peoples dog are just mean and have no place in heaven! We had an Irish setter shot because of some stupid neighbour. He pulled through thank god but it was a battle of neighbours until he moved
Aisha, Yeah, this idiot was shooting a gun right in the neighborhood. He doesn't have a leg to stand on. I don't think the girl was attacked but the dog was aggressively chasing her I was told. I think this may be an ongoing thing in this neighborhood. Craziness.
Again, people are the problem. What does watching a man shoot a dog in the yard do for a child's psyche? Does this tell children, well, if no other resolution just shoot it. It may be a broad assumption but serial killers have often stated watching violence is where they received their motivation. I simply believe there was an alternative to shooting the animal. I for one am scared to death of other people and their continued misuse of firearms. As I stated on another thread: being bitten by a dog is the least of my concerns. Other people and their ignorance, hatred, violence and general apathy towards good are what scares me. I lost faith in mankind many years ago. I still love dogs though. RIP- unknown dog shot in neighbors yard.
People in my town used to always let their dogs run lose. The dogs never went far and no one carsed if the dogs wandered through the yard. We weren't on a main road so there was no danger from cars. Then this old guy nearby got this weird idea that the dogs were digging up his pond and tearing down his drain pipes. Over a period of months he shot and killed several dogs and wounded several more. Our community consisted of only about 5 houses, and he was one of them. How you could shoot your own neighbors dog I have no clue. We all knew it was him, but we had no proof. Eventually people accepted the fact that it was no longer safe to let the dogs loose and the shootings stopped. ~Seij
We had a nieghborhood roamer named Rebel at one time. Until the nieghbors started to complain,he roamed for it least 5 years no problems,he was a husky. When I would jog the nieghborhood in the morning he would follow me. Any way they complained about him,his owner took him to a remote woods location by us and let him loose. I hope he's ok ,hope he found a home or a farm to live on.I do think what his owner did was wrong,but Rebel was the type of dog that could not be chained up or in a house,he would freak out.He needed lots and lots of land to be able to roam on,not be couped up.
ok, i understand why you all feel sorry for the dog, fine but lets step back and at least think for a moment about the father. I will tell you right now, if a dog was aggressivly chasing my little girl, i would not hesitate to do what i though was necessary to solve the problem and my little girl would take a high priority over the the dog. no questions asked. am i saying that he was right to shoot the dog in the yard after the incident was over? not necessarily but please, take the time to think of the little girl and how her father would and should feel seeing a dog trying to chase down his daughter. being arrested would be a small price to pay for possibly saving a little girl.
hoosgow...........The dog did not attack the little girl. She was safe when she went in to tell her father what had happened. He should have reported it to the authorities. That would have been another way to protect his daughter, and send her the right message about how to handle something like that. What he did was wrong.
hoos, I was thinking the same thing. Do you remember that thing in our paper and news about that dog in Elizabeth that killed that lady out in the barn, and then went to another house and tried to attack that man and his son shot the dog? I mean, I don't think it's okay to just shoot dogs, but if one was attacking someone, I sure as heck would. I'm curious to know if this dog was trying to attack the little girl, or if it was just jumping on her and such. Anyone that would just shoot a dog for running around is pretty crazy (why couldn't he call animal control?), but if the dog was aggressive and running loose, I think it's warranted.
Hoos, I agree with you to a point. If a dog was aggressively chasing my child and was putting her in serious danger, I would do whatever was necessary to stop the situation also. However, once the child was out of danger, as was this case, I would NOT track the dog down and shoot it. I would call snap some pics and call animal control instead.
oh, if the little girl didn't get attacked, then that man should have called animal control. That's what I would have done if my kids came home talking about a loose dog. For my post, I meant I think it would warranted to shoot a dog, if you saw it attacking a person.