I need some opinions on what I should do. My neighbor is a guy who's about 27 yrs old. He got a dog awhile back who was a year old, the dog is some kind of rottweiler mix. He kept this dog chained up outside ALL THE TIME. The dog just lays on the ground all day. A few times he dug under the fence and came in my yard to play with my mini schnauzers, but now he is turning mean because he gets no attention. Then my neighbor got another dog, the same kind of mix, and now they both just stay outside all day. Sometimes he doesnt even come home at night to let them in. They have houses, but still, I feel so bad for them. They just lay on the ground in the rain because they're so sad. This morning they were both barking and crying because I don't think he came home last night at all to take them inside. Do you think I can get animal control to take the dogs away? My dad said he thinks as long as the dogs have houses to go in, AC can't take them away. What do you guys think?
I think it depends, they do have to have access to shelter. Do they have dog houses or something? They also have to have food and clean water everyday. If they have all that I don't know if they can do anything, but you can call anyway and they will come check the situation. The dogs should not be chained up all the time anyway.
Thanks for answering Gina. Yes they have dog houses, and I'm pretty sure they have food and water (I don't know if it's new every day though), but it just breaks my heart because they get no exercise, no attention, no love, they have no kind of life. No dog should have to live like that. We've seen him hitting them before too, but we have no proof of it. I think I'm going to call Animal Control anyways and see what they say because I'm really sick of this. I'd love to just set the dogs free, but they've gotten off their chains before and they always come back (who knows why).
As frustrating as it is...as long as the dogs have adequate shelter and water, are fed and seem healthy(with no apparent injuries), there is little that animal control can do. I would still call and get them to come out and make an assessment...maybe that will jumpstart your neighbor to take better care of his dogs.
I think the most you can do is call Animal Control is you are concerned. People have different views on what is best for pets. I have a simular situation next door to me. It is not the way I choose to take care of my pets, but apparently it is their's. Call Animal Control and have them check it out. I never did because the people next door to me are not abusing their dogs according to the law.
It might not be an ideal situation, but (no offense intended) it is not your business. If he wants to keep his dogs outside, he can. Calling animal control and having them harass the guy will just piss him off. I suggest you just take care of yourself.
Sounds like a wretched life. Consider the alternative. The dog is chained because it digs out, you already said it got into your yard. It was lonely, he spends little time w/ it, knows this and so he got it another dog for company. The pound is full of Rotts, Germans, Pits, and Chows, it is highly unlikely that the dog will be adopted. You already said it was developing antisocial behavior. And so, you get the dog taken away from him, a bad owner by your and my standard. For all we know he has adopted these dogs in the same humanitarian spirit that we all claim...To remove the dogs from his custody sounds like an instant death sentence to me. Keep an eye that way, that the animals don't look truely abused, but a bit of neglect is preferable to death, usually. I scream at and occasionally strike my large dogs for offenses you can only imagine, digging, problem barking, chewing the siding off the house...He may have had a reason for it. Dogs don't always listen to sweet nothings in their ear when they do something really bad.
You know I never really thought about what would happen if the dogs got taken away from him. I just assumed someone would adopt them and take care of them, but you're right, there's a chance they could just be put to sleep. I guess it's just hard for me to see how someone could neglect their animals because I treat mine like their my children, but not everyone is like that. Maybe I'll wait till winter and see what happens then, because if they're still outside in freezing temperatures and snow, then that is abuse to me. Thanks for all your help!!
The way you see dogs and the way your nieghbor sees dogs are most likely not the same. As long as the dogs seem healthy,they have food , water and shelter,then really I have to agree with running it's none of your business.As some one else said if your where to have the dogs removed,more then likely it will be a death sentence for them . Worry about your own dogs,not some one elses.
You can also call animal control simply to ask about the laws pertaining to pets in your area. In New Orleans, it is illegal to chain your pets as a primary means of confinement, but many pet owners here don't know the law exists. Doing so may be perfectly legal in your area, but you won't lose anything by asking. The dogs will have trouble getting adopted, but they would have even more trouble getting adopted six months from now. If you think you will need to intervene, do so as quickly as possible because the problems the dogs are developing will only increase over time. If the guy is following all of the laws in your area, then you're stuck, and sometimes that's just the way things go.