Post # 1
I am SO angry right now bees, I am shaking! Let me explain…
In our neighbourhood,there is a family that have a rottweiller,which is great for them, the thing is probably a lovely cuddle monster. BUT the idiotic owners let it roam the streets,without a muzzle,and completely alone.
So I was walking my Akita (on her lead,as she always is) and I see my Father-In-Law outside his house (the ILs live 5 minutes down the road) so were standing there talking and hes giving my furbaby a fuss and a treat. Next thing I know,he`s telling me to go and to not let Tia look behind us if I can. So,I look around,and there is this rottweiller, stalking towards us,teeth bared obviously ready to give it some attitude! Luckily Tia didnt even spot him (god blessed her with looks not brains lol) and we manage to walk away quickly whilst my Father-In-Law bravely tries to chase this dog away.
It just annoys me SO much, I take full responsibility for my dog,and yes her breed sometimes has a bad reputation (known for being a “fighting” dog) and yet someone else can let their dog wander the street unsupervised (rottweillers are also known for not exactly being cute and cuddly). It scared me so much because,
- my Father-In-Law could have been hurt trying to shoo this dog away,
- if my dog Tia had seen this rottweiller she probably would have whinged at it and this more than likely would have provoked a dog fight,one which would have been very difficult to seperate as they are 2 biiig dogs!
- My 9 year old nephew was there,albeit behind a low gate,but still if it had gotten out of control,he wouldve at the very least been upset,or at the most couldve gotton hurt.
- If my Father-In-Law hadnt been there,I wouldve been seriously screwed trying to deal with the situation.
- I dont want to walk my dog in that area of my neighbourhood again,at least not on my own,and why should I be made to feel like that?
I am so sorry this is long bees, but it makes me so angry that I could have been dealing with people/animals getting hurt tonight all because of someones stupidity,because they are too lazy to get up off their a**es and walk their dog!
They best believe Im reporting this,and making sure it gets dealt with!Im just so grateful my Father-In-Law was there too,it could have been so different if he hadnt.
Post # 3
You should definitely call animal control. Do you live in neighborhood with an HOA? If so, call them too.
Post # 4
I don’t know how it is in your area, but where I live it’s totally illegal to let your dog roam around without a leash. Definitely report them!
Post # 5
call animal control, not only for the safety of the residents, but the dog’s safety as well.
Post # 6
I would call the police station and report a loose dog. I would do this EVERY.SINGLE. TIME I saw it, until they fined (as in give a fine) the owners or take the dog away. It is not safe for you and it is not safe for that dog.
Post # 7
Has anyone confronted the neighbours? I would likely call animal control and let them deal with it. That’s incredibly irresponsible of them. Even if their dog was a retriever, what if it got hit by a car? Or someone just up and took it? Why would you just let your dog out the door to wander the neighbourhood?!
Post # 8
Apparently it just…roams around all the time. I cant believe it has never been reported before!Theres kids that play in the streets (its a dead end street) all the time round there.
Its definately being reported tomorrow,to the local authority,also my Father-In-Law knows where the owners live so I can give them a definate address to deal with it.
I just cant see how I could be able to trust walking her around there again,which is a shame as its one of our regular routes. Even if the owners are told, they could just ignore the authorities (the area isnt exactly known for its respect for the police) and it only takes one time for a fight to start…. 🙁
Post # 9
I’d call animal control, for sure. I know rotts get a bad rap but if this one is showing aggression, it needs to be taken seriously. It got aggressive toward another dog this time, next time it could be a little kid.
Post # 10
Please call animal control every time you see it. It’s irresponsible and dangerous to both people in the streets, and the dog himself. Irresponsible pet owners piss me off.
Post # 11
@zippylef: exactly. Even if it hadnt shown nastiness to my dog,a dog that isnt on a lead,or being supervised by an owner its classed as a “dangerous dog”
It was just pure luck nothing happened…
Post # 12
We have a leash law here, and for good reason. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cuddly puppy or a vicious attack dog- they should be on a leash not only for the safety of others, but for their safety as well. Do the neighbors know it’s an issue? Maybe they have a broken gate and don’t know it (unlikely, but hey- benefit of the doubt, right?) Confront them and let them know this is an issue. Give them an opportunity to address the situation, and if they don’t, by all means contact the authorities or animal control. Oh, and carry mace with you.
Post # 13
Does your town have any leash laws? I’d definitely follow through with that and make a complaint. Its not fair for responsible dog owners like yourself to have to put up with that.
As a side note and small rant of my own, I don’t think the breed of dog is relevant in these situations. It bugs the sh!t out of me when any dog large or small has careless owners. It just makes me sad that its always the large dogs, or “agressive” breeds that get stuck with the stigma. I have a Rotti mix and like you, always have her on a lead. Nothing irritates me more than taking her for her daily walk and having neighbourhood dogs charge at her as we’re walking by (our neighbourhood seems to mostly have small dogs). If my dog were to charge at another dog I’d expect to get an earful from its owner… and yet because a smaller dog isn’t powerful enough to do serious damage, they get away with a scolding or its laughed off.
I hope somone can shake some sense into your neighbour. Its not fair to have others feel intimidated, or for that dog to risk getting hit or into a mess of trouble on his own.
Post # 14
@SoupyCat: it annoys me too, and if anything had or does happen, I would never blame the dog, it would all be on the owners for being so stupid.
Post # 15
@LAGS: I agree with you that there is an unfair stigma with larger dogs. But even as a large dog lover, it’s just pure instinct to be scared of a big dog on the loose over a little guy. I figure I can always kick a chihuahua away if it tried to lunge at me and my dogs, but way more difficult to do that when it’s a pit or a rotty.
Post # 16
@LAGS: I know what you mean about having a big dog constantly annoyed/attacked by little dogs. I have a great dane (130 pounds!!) and he is ALWAYS on a leash unless at the dog park. We were out walking and a jack russell came out of nowhere & lunged at him, bit him in the face, and would not let go. It really pissed me off that people are terrified of my giant baby but let their little @$$hole dog run through the neighborhood 🙁