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Old 07-25-2014, 02:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
I am new here. As I mentioned in my hello message, I have a neighbor who has a GSD and a Husky and while I have a small breed am trying to learn how to deal with the situation. There are pretty limited areas to ask for advice, and I am trying to get a GSD owner's perpective.

This neighbor totally keeps to himself. Bothers with noone. My husband has made small talk with him, but that is about it. Anyhoo, his dogs have been frequently loose. Husband talked to him about it and it continues to be a problem. He previously told husband that they have an invisible fence and the battery on the collar died. Not sure if husband misunderstood or what, because anytime I've seen these dogs, I do not see collars on them. Pretty sad and scary for them (the dogs).

Not only has it been a problem with these dogs crapping in our yard, but it is not smart to let them run loose. Granted things can happen but when it happens this often it gets to be concerning.

He has told my husband that his dogs are well-trained, but then why are they often in our yard..? I don't understand it. My guess is that since we got our little dog (a bichon mix, 11 lbs full grown), that they are suddenly 'fascinated' with our yard. Husband refuses to talk to the man again and since he keeps to himself I am not easy going to talk to him, not to mention there is another GSD in the yard I would have to walk through to get to this man's house. So that makes (3) unfamiliar large-breed dogs that are un-restrained that I would be subjected to, plus this man is known to pack a gun and has a huge gun fascination, so it is probably not a great idea to go knocking on his door, after all, I am pretty much a stranger.

When his dogs were in our yard the other night, I decided to do something, give a warning. So I sent him an email on facebook.

Am I wrong to have sent this email..? Is all of this no big deal..? I know my email is pretty lengthy, but I wanted to convey my concerns. I feel like I was a little overly cautious but I wanted to express my concerns. It seems this man has no regard for others, not even his own dogs..

I am hoping I did not make a bad situation worse, but I did not know what to do. I would appreciate any advice on this matter. I mean, after all, he is apparently going to live there a long time with these dogs, so I want to nip any problem in the bud before something bad happens.

I am not tryng to turn this into a big dog vs little dog debate, I honestly am wanting feedback and any possible advice. The man clearly does not want to be 'bothered' so it makes it difficult.

Hi,
I believe you are the neighbor in the house behind us.

We saw your dogs running loose again today.

This is more than a little concerning not only because we have a small dog and there are also small children in the neighborhood (one right next door), but also for the safety of your own dogs.

I am asking you to PLEASE be more careful and PLEASE keep your dogs restrained. I believe my husband has already talked to you quite some time ago and unfortunately this continues to be a problem. They were both loose and in our yard just a couple weeks ago.

Please keep your dogs in your yard. If the invisible fence is a problem then maybe it is time to seek alternatives to keep your dogs restrained.

As a concerned neighbor and a small dog owner if I see this happening again I will be calling the dog warden or the township police. It is as much for others' safety as it is for your own dogs' safety.

I would really hate for something bad to happen.

Thank you and I hope you will cooperate and be a responsible dog owner.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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While I think your heart was in the right place if I was the type to let me dogs run loose even after a neighbor mentioned it, I don't think the email would change my behavior.

What might change my behavior is a visit from Animal Control and a ticket for loose dogs.

But that can always open up another can of worms and you would have to make sure that you are fine with the possibility of AC seizing the dogs or a war with the neighbor.

Just my two cents..................
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with Betty, I would just contact AC, keep a log of when you see the dogs in your yard/loose whatever..

Since you don't really know these dogs, they could easily hurt or kill a small dog, I'd consider fencing in my own yard to keep my dogs safe as well.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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As a responsible pet owner I would apologize but as a responsible owner my dog would never be out unsupervised. Unfortunately you are dealing with uncaring dog owner. My dogs safety is number 1 for me, so I would call animal control and report it. You would be doing the dogs a favor and possibly saving their lives.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The email is good, gives them a chance to make it right. After that I would report the dogs at large to AC every time they're out, then get a fence.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i never would have said anything to him. nor call AC. i would just call the cops. AC is stretched far and thin. who knows how long it will take for them to show up. the cops will be there in 2 minutes knocking on his door with a summons.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Depends on locale. Here, AC is responsible for dogs at large. Whether they come or not, when you call the report is recorded, so if you call every time you see them out, it develops a nice long history...
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Some people may have a fb account but are seldom on it. Are you certain he's going to see the message? I would try to have a chat with him to be sure he read it, and let him know your next step will be calling AC or whoever is in charge of loose dogs.
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I am wondering how you got his e-mail address, just curious? I thing your e-mail was very respectful under the circumstances and that it is good to treat him like a fellow human being, giving him a chance to rectify before letting the law handle it. But if it continues, I would call the cops or AC or whoever handles such issues in your area.
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:42 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I agree with Bridget. You may want to send him a letter to make sure he reads your message.
But if he is given warnings by the police it still doesn't mean he will keep his dogs out of your yard. He can let them loose again and apologize to the cops every time. I will put up a fence just to be safe. He obviously doesn't care.
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