Post # 1
Hey bees, I need some outside opinions here. DH and I moved into a new house which we love about a month ago. We have a little dog and our neighbors across the street have two big ones. Last week I was taking mine for a walk when their dogs suddenly tore across the street and tried to attack mine! Luckily I managed to get him away with some slobber on him but no real injuries. Mine was on a leash but when I tried to pick him up I got bit because he was freaking out, obviously. Theirs were NOT on leashes. It took them several minutes to get their dogs under control, followed by them apologizing, and me telling them that our last dog was mauled to death in a similar event so that I was pretty freaked out and needed their dogs on leashes. They gave me the usual oh they’ve never done it before, we’re so sorry, blah blah blah.
So I get home from work today…and the’re in the front yard with their grandkids and the dogs with NO LEASHES. Again! And when I went to get my mail they had the gall to ask me how my dog was. I said that he was okay but it made me very nervous to see their dogs out without leashes again. They tried to brush me off and say that was unlike them and it won’t happen again. I said that it had already happened once, and I had been told it was so unusual by the owner of the dog that killed our last puppy, and that I wanted them on leashes. They again brushed me off and said no need and just refused to listen to me. Then they implied I shoudl just keep him in the backyard – but they have a fenced in backyard and I don’t…because my dog is always on a leash!
What do I do? Talking to them clearly isn’t working. Do I try again, but more firmly and threatening to report them? Do I call animal control now? Do I wait so it’s not so obvious? I don’t want to cause trouble with my new neighbors, but I am so angry right now!
Post # 3
I can’t STAND when people say, “they’re friendly” or “they’ve never done that before” about their dogs off leash. Guess what? I don’t f-king care. Get your damn dog on a leash. I would let them know that you’re serious and call animal control right now. If you don’t have a fenced yard your dog needs to be leashed. I don’t care if it can barely walk or is so old it can’t move, LEASH IT! ANYWAY, if you call now it will be in their records so if something does happen again you’re covered. Good luck OP!
Post # 4
From experience, if you call animal contol they will want proof. Next time they are out without leashes take a pic with a timestamped camera, like your cell. Would I call animal services? If I saw the dogs leave the property again for any reason without a leash, yes.
Eta: today at the vet my normally very friendly dog tried to attack a puppy. He’s never been aggressive before and it scared us. All dogs have the potential– big small, orange, purple, normally friendly or not. I can say that while embarrassed today, it was a helluva lot better than being responsible for an injured puppy.
Post # 5
Yea, I agree with PP… Call animal control and talk to them again. They are breaking the law AND putting others at risk. You’ve already gotten bit, that’s dangerous and they don’t seem to care. Take action now, it will upset your neighbors but your just doing what is right.
Post # 6
Make sure to have proof when you call animal control, but definitely do so
Post # 7
It’s not illegal to have your dogs off leash as long as they are on their own property so I don’t know that animal control can do anything unless it happens again and you have proof or other witnesses. I agree they should have them in the fenced yard.
Post # 8
@SummerGirl21: It is actually the law where they live…here is the excerpt from our animal control policy. They state about the laws and fines of having an ‘animal at large’, and here is how they define that:
“Animal at Large” means any animal, excluding commonly domesticated cats,
a. Is not physically restrained on private property, in a manner that physically
prevents that animal from leaving that property or reaching any public areas;
b. When not in compliance with subsection (a), is not restrained by a leash,
tether, or other physical control device not to exceed six (6) feet in length and
under the physical control of a responsible person.
So they’re definitely breaking the law here where I live. Thanks for the advice though guys…they are inside now. I’m hoping that the wife told her husband what I said and maybe he has some common sense and will make sure they’re on a leash now, rather than blowing me off like she did. But I kinda doubt it, I think they may have suspected I’d call so they took them inside. Just going to have to keep my eye out and call next time I see them off their leash out front.
@tcanne: That is EXACTLY how I feel!
Post # 9
I would call animal control, and even if it isn’t against the law if the dog is on their property, it was against the law when the dog left their property which happened the first time it tried to attack the dog. It could easily happen again from the sound of it so I’d say it’s better to be safe and call even if they say there isn’t anything they can do.
Post # 10
Next time you see it, take a picture and then make a report with animal control.
Post # 11
In the end it doesn’t matter when you call because they obviously could care less about keeping the peace with their neighbors. I’m sorry this happened to you. I had a neighbor’s dog attack mine like how you described but they didn’t appologize. Some people.
Post # 12
Call animal control now and every single time you see them without the leash on. It is not worth risking your safety or your dogs safety for some idiots that have no respect for boundaries! Sorry, I’ve been attacked by a dog that wasn’t kept on a leash and have NO tolerance for people who have untrained animals that aren’t on leashes. It’s just plain lazy. I’d rather offend them than have my new dog mauled. Does your development have a Home Owners Association that enforces these rules too? If so, you could contact them as well.
ETA: if they were my neighbors, I would go over there and tell them straight up that I would be calling animal control every time I saw their dog without a leash on. That way it’s all out in the open and they know my expectations.
Post # 13
You can call animal control whenever you want, just be prepared that they may have a word with you after. You have to be comfortable with your neighbor disliking you and potentially being a problem later.
That being said, if they are off their property without a leash, then yes it’s an issue. I understand that is what happened when they came after your dog. Animal control more than likely won’t do anything if they are on their own property without a leash though, as long as they don’t leave their yard.
Make it a point to go over and meet their dogs, especially if you are living across the street. Talk to them, maybe do an on leash greeting with your dog. It would be a good idea to at least get to know them, so you are more comfortable pending it does happen again (while it shouldn’t, you know it could).