What do I do?!?!!
Im posting this because I messed up. I don't know what to do! We recently moved into a big beautiful house that was significantly more expensive because we wanted our dogs to have a massive yard. We've been here two weeks.
What we didn't know is EVERY house around us has two dogs. Directly behind us are two pitbulls. One is a massive beautiful male and the other is a maybe a year old puppy. The owners are just the WORST. The dogs are never brought inside, ever. It's been in the high twenties/ low thirties at night here lately and, these pups don't even have so much as a blanket. They get no attention or discipline ever. The neighbors come out once a week and, fill up a big bowl of food and, a tub of water. That's about it. There is trash and, large barrels everywhere. it's awful.
The thing is, that massive male, yeah he's a fence fighter. There's even a big patch in my fence where he came through it before we moved in. He barks and, barks which gets EVERY dog in the surrounding six houses going. Except my angels, who prance around wanting to join in but, know better.
Anyway this happens eight to ten times a day for about half an hour at a time. I wake up to it every morning. Not only is the barking just enough to make you go mad, he's trying to get through the fence. He's intense. I have trained Fynn not to fence fight but, he is not tolerant of other males. If that dog gets so much as a paw in our yard, Fynn will not hesitate to lay him out. 90% of the time I'd bet on Fynn but, this pit is massive. He's gotten through the fence before and, my nerves are shot just waiting for it to happen again.
I decided to just call my local police department and, see if there was realistically anything I could do about the situation. An officer came out and, checked it out. It turns out that this big boys dog house is shoved into the corner of fence. He's getting on top of it and, trying to get over the fence, which he is very close to managing. The officer agreed that should he continue this he's bound to get over or through my fence and, that his behavior is not only territorial, it's very aggressive.
He decided to fine my trashy neighbors for the noise and, promised to double check that these dogs were being taken care of and, not in harms way. The next day and, today it's been virtually silent. All the neighborhood dogs are quiet and, there is NO fence fighting between any dogs. (The corner of our fence meets three other yards, so all the dogs would fight there.) Being extremely hesitant to enjoy this peace I half climbed my fence to see what the change was.
Big boy is chained to the porch. He can barely make it off the porch, much less do any running. Now, he can't go in the dog house when it's cold or do anything really. There is tons of garbage for him to get tangled up on.
Im crushed I am a rescuer, I've been involved with shelters, rescue groups, fostering and, animal sanctuaries since the moment I got a drivers license and, could actually get around to where I was needed. My stupid phone call actually made this dogs life worse. Keep in mind, they give these dogs NO care. They get food and water from their owners. NOTHING else. That dog will never leave that porch again.
What do I do? It's not illegal. He's under a shelter, he's fed and, has water. I can't live here knowing that this poor beautiful animal is being neglected and, trapped 24/7. I thought my neighbors would feel embarrassed because they were upsetting all the neighbors (the cop asked the other neighbors how they felt about it before going to their home) and, they would take the time to deal with the situation or bring him inside during the day. I now realize that expecting them to actually deal with the situation themselves was far too much to hope for.
I can't leave this situation as it lies. What would YOU do? Because other than my plan of trespassing, stealing them and, putting them into a better home, I've got nothing. I have a firm rule of only breaking one law per day hahaha! So what can I do here? ANY advice would help! Thanks all!
Last edited by Fynn&Vandy; 03-13-2013 at 10:10 AM.