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02-26-2014 06:48 PM
Kahrg4 Yes, I have called. Various times on various people- one of which was actively tormenting a puppy right out on the street. I would perhaps leave a written note tucked in her front door screen advising her of the new law regarding tethering rope lengths. If nothing changes and you still feel the dog is not okay as is then call and file an anonymous tip.
02-26-2014 05:56 PM
nktigger99 This was in our old neighborhood....luckily we moved and our current neighborhood is a lot tamer.

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02-26-2014 05:55 PM
nktigger99 Yes, I have called AC case ended up with me having to go to court a number of times to testify. It was an owner who let their pits jump their fence and terrorize our elderly neighbors. The dog may not have been vicious but any wild out of control dog could hurt a frail 85 year old women just trying to hang her washing up. One other case was a dog across the street that would jump the fence multiple times a dog....came onto my porch and barked at my dogs. I called all the time....25$ a pop for the owners every time and they never got ran over sadly.

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02-11-2014 04:51 PM
fredh Yes, when my Jake was still a Pup. The people that live 2 houses down have 3 dogs that were running free. 2 Black Labs and a Beagle. The 90 pounder was always in our yard. When I'd walk Jake , their Dogs would come onto the street to torment Jake. I called Animal Control. They were warned and They have kept there dogs under control ever since.
02-11-2014 11:47 AM
Originally Posted by Deno View Post
I have no problem
reporting animal abuse, I don't see how anyone could see it and not
report it.
02-11-2014 09:56 AM
Originally Posted by Serbrider View Post
ETA: She's not abusing them... just not doing anything with them. Have talked with her about the puppy and asked about the tether... she just says "ok, thanks" and that's it. She's not intentionally being cruel or anything... just doesn't know better.
In the case you have described, no, I wouldn't call. I don't think you have the right to judge if this lady is treating her dogs to your standards or not.

No, I wouldn't leave a dog tied out. But I won't report Joey Knuckle Head for doing it.
02-11-2014 02:14 AM
volcano I wouldnt call based on what you said but maybe you arent filling in blanks. When I was a kid we had a timberwolf/malamute and if it wasnt outside then it was begging to get out. So a neighbor with a big poodle called animal control on us for having a malamute cross outside in winter.
I called cops after almost getting in a fight last year after seeing some guy punch his dog.
02-10-2014 08:43 PM
selzer You said there were houses. That is shelter. You will do what you want to do. We have a law here that says you have to keep your house painted, or your yard mowed below a certain level -- hard to do when it rains every day almost, for months at a time. But if you start turning the neighbors in for every violation, they might just turn you in for a law that they know about that you might not be following perfectly. Neighbors can be pretty nasty at times, especially when people have GSDs.

I have heard of people calling when the dog barked a couple of times IN THE HOUSE. Talk to your neighbor, fine. Help her out, make suggestions. But if you call the authorities on her, she may retaliate.

And if you are not breaking any ordinances or laws, hopefully, most of us aren't, but you never know, there are a lot of them; well, there are other ways people retaliate. And they target dogs. People have been known to throw poisoned meat in yards, or leave antifreeze spilled.

I wouldn't do it, not unless I really felt something has to be done.
02-10-2014 08:23 PM
Serbrider Well, she would get a warning for the first time. I do not think anyone else has called her on it before, and for the first time, she is just given a warning that it needs to change. If nothing happens within 24 hours, then it's a misdemeanor.

There is just no reason for this dog to be tied. She hasn't once tried to escape, and where she is right now, if she does try to escape, she'd get hung on the fence... and get hung. It's not long enough that she'd just end up on the other side.

And the lack of shelter in extreme cold for this area is also a concern.
02-10-2014 08:10 PM
selzer I have called when the dog was trying to attack my dog every time I tried to take my dogs anywhere.

I told the neighbor to come and get her dog when it took up residence in my shed. It was a cold winter like this, -10 degrees F at night, and come to find out the bitch was pregnant. She had an igloo dog house, no bottom, just some straw in there.

She gave birth to four puppies, and never once were any of them let in the house. They all lived too, until three of them got killed in the road. 2 in one morning. I heard it, while I was out taking care of my dogs in the back before work. I took the fourth puppy and got it its shots, and neutered it and then gave it to the shelter, so they could find it a home -- it was a no-kill shelter at that time. They were pretty snotty with me, but when I said he was neutered, they said, they knew of a guy who would like him.

Chances are if you are dealing with Animal Control, which deals with laws, and ordinances, and is funded by the government, they are probably not dealing with a no-kill shelter. Government run shelters usually give strays up to two weeks for the owners to find them, and owner turn-ins, may be given 3-5 days to find an adopter, if there is room. If there is no room, owner-surrenders are often put down on the same day.

So if this gal is abusing her dog, I say call. Being euthanized in a shelter is better than being abused. If this gal is just not providing for her dogs the way you provide for yours, well, I don't know.

As for German Shepherds, it is 9 degrees here, my dogs are outside right now. I bring them in at night. But then, it gets even colder at night. They are not tethered, and they have houses and straw. But 15 degrees is not bloody cold for a dog. Today the sun was shining, it was 14 degrees, and my dogs are out there lying in the snow. They love it.

I don't understand your tethering laws. 30 foot in a 15' yard, would mean that tether would be wrapped up around stuff, and if she climbed the fencing she would likely hang herself. A 12' line, if staked to the ground gives a circle with a diameter of 24'. Most kennels sold are 5'x10' or 6'x12' -- much less room than a 12' chain is actually giving.

If you feel that you should turn someone in for breaking a tether law, I guess that is up to you. There are a lot of laws on the books that I don't feel it my business to go and turn people in for. Like going 5 miles over the speed limit, or not wearing a seat belt. If someone is being deliberately cruel, that's a whole other story. But I would consider, if the warden takes this dog, what is likely to happen to it?

Lots of dogs do not do well in a shelter environment. They become kennel aggressive, and the dog will most likely be euthanized if that is the case. If the gal hasn't been able to do shots on the dogs or pups, going to a shelter is almost for sure that they will come down with parvo.

I guess, I would feel pretty bad if the girl signed her dogs and pups over to Animal Control, and then they were euthanized for want of space, or because they felt they were aggressive, or if they got parvo. Our shelter kills them sometimes a hundred at a time with parvo -- that's why I waited for that dog to be totally vaccinated and neutered before dropping him off there. I did not take him because I wanted him. I agreed to take him because the lady was letting them get smooshed in the road. But I would have felt terrible if the dog got Parvo and had to be euthanized there.
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