Neighbor's dog attacked ours in our own yard. Where to go from here?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Helper bee

Is your yard fenced?

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Busy bee

Get a real fence for your yard so other animals can’t run in and attack your dogs. Other than that, it’s up to your neighbors to control their dog. Don’t call animal control; they’ll confiscate the dog and probably kill him. And please don’t shoot anyone’s dog! If you’re worried about another attack, get a taser gun and use that if the rottie attacks again. Tasers are very effective; there’s no need to kill the dog.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018 - City Hall

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cypresstree85 :  while getting a physical fence would work, fencing 5 acres would be very costly. And fencing a smaller area around the house might be an eye sore. Regardless, I think it’s unfair for them to have to pay for fencing when the problem is caused by the neighbour…

OP I wish I had solid advice to offer. 

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Helper bee

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smalltownbigworld :  

Got it. So fencing in your own property isn’t an easy option. It is unreasonable for your neighbor to allow a dog he now knows is dangerous to roam the neighborhood freely. This time his dog attacked another animal, but next time it could be a small child.  

I’d call the police station and ask their advice.  They might be aware of leash laws or restrictions on domestic roaming animals.  If there is a law (which you could also just search for on your own), you could call the cops the next time you see the dog on your property and have the owner cited. 

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Sugar bee
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smalltownbigworld :  I would report the incident to animal control or your local spca. They likely would give a warning to have the pet under the owners control, but it’s the responsible thing to do. You can even tell animal control that you’re not trying to get their dog taken away from them, you just want your neighbours to take the matter seriously and you want to have a record of the incident in case it happens again. 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Home

You don’t have to actually shoot the dog but you can tell your neighbor that you will if he comes on the property again. Maybe shoot near the dog next time so your not killing him but tell your neighbor you missed and next time you won’t. Maybe then they will control thier dog, hopefully next time it isn’t a child the dog goes after.

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Worker bee

If it hasn’t happend in past and they’ve had the dog a long time hopefully it was a one off.  Supervise your dog while its outside for a while to find out.  

If it happens again its not unreasonable to ask the neighbor to contain their dog- fence, collar, leash whatever. If they don’t agree the nonviolent option is to contain your dog for its safety. 

Is the rotty trained to be agressive? If not having the dogs get to know each other could be an option.  You could start by getting to know it yourself. Your neighbors would have to be complete trash to be ok with your dog being killed so hopefully if you push the issue a little they will work with you. 

 

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Helper bee

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smalltownbigworld :  

You might also consider telling the landlord about this too.  They might have ideas or suggestions about what to do.

Also, you should be sure to document everything.  Even though you hadn’t seen the dog in your yard before today, take pictures the next time the dog is in your yard.  Build a record even if you don’t file a police report or sue the neighbor.  The dog is a trespassing nuisance and your neighbor is being irresponsible.  

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

If you’re on good terms with the neighbor I’d start with talking to them and asking how they’ll prevent this from happening again.

Hopefully your neighbors can agree to do.. something.. to help prevent this from happening again.  That’d be the best solution, e.g. if they agree to put up an invisible fence of their own.  Otherwise.. oof.. you may have to go to more drastic measures but it gets pretty hostile pretty quick.

Honestly, if they even just agree to put a collar on him for YOUR fence it’d keep him off YOUR property.  Not very expensive I bet to get an extra collar for your system, and keeps you happy…

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Busy bee

Edit: everything was covered as I posted.

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