- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
So we’ve never met our neighbor, but we’ve met about 60 of their chickens that roam through our yard, tear up my flowers and vegetables and crap all over our sidewalk and driveway… They live on about a 1/2 acre, and have a mass amount of chickens, ducks, and geese, 5 dogs, stray cats, and 1 horse. We decided to get a dog back in November, a trained hunting blue tick coon hound who can’t hunt due to an injury. He’s a good dog, he loves our kids and loves our cat, he loves to play. He has a bark collar on and is controlled by the beeping of the collar. The first night we had him home he took off and was checking out his new home (we live in the middle of nowhere land on just over an acre) well he ventured into the neighbors yard and I could see him the entire time, we were able to get him back to our side and no problems since. The neighbor promptly came over and knocked on our door and in front of our 3 kids said he’d shoot the dog until it’s bleeding and dead if ever saw it on his property again (mind you we’d lived there almost a year and never met him). That sent me into a furious rage, thank goodness my husband was home. He tried to say that our dog killed his kitten, when I ask to see the kitten he said no. He had no scratches, no blood, no hair or anything, nevermind that I watched him the entire time while calling him back to our yard. It was a mistake but it was also his first time being at our house too. After talking to other neighbors we found out that he’s shot and killed 2 other dogs in the neigborhood.
Now he’s in kennel when we aren’t home, and the kennel is next to our garden shed under some trees in the backyard. We let him out to play after work and my son feeds and waters him nightly. The kennel latch locks into place and is about 5′ high, he can’t open it. So far the dog has been out 4 times when I’ve gotten home. He can’t let himself out.
Yesterday my husband was home with the kids and a knock on the door revealed animal control. They got a complaint that we’re abusing the dog, not feeding him, he’s severely malnutrioned, and we keep him “deep in the forest” and never let him out to play, nor do we provide adequate shelter or shade. OMG. I lost it. The animal control lady laughed when she saw his kennel, clean water, full bowl of food, shady trees, large dog house with a bed and lots of toys. I think the guy has been coming over and letting him out, a set up so to speak. She told us now that there is a complaint against us and our dog that the law is 51% on his side, and if the dog gets out then he has the right to shoot it.
My husband wants to install a trail camera, and we’ve started padlocking the kennel. I can’t wait to move, just a couple more weeks left. Nice.
Did I mention his horse never leaves the stall, and during the summer it stinks to high heaven with all the poultry and horse manure, they don’t clean the stall either. It’s another case of I can do whatever I like, but you can’t.
Sorry so long, I’m still furious about it.