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Old 05-30-2014, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default Dogs running free in my neighborhood.

I've lived in my current home for exactly one year now. Ever since we moved in a year ago, we noticed a group of three medium-sized dogs roaming freely throughout the neighborhood. The dogs once came into my yard and destroyed something (nothing major or expensive at all), so that prompted me to put up a few signs in the neighborhood asking whoever owns the dogs to secure their pets.

That seemed to work for roughly a month, but eventually, the dogs were allowed to have freedom again. As a dog lover myself, I wouldn't really mind it too much IF my family and I could "get to know" the dogs, but the dogs are not friendly, have chased me and my son while we were riding our bikes, and if I call to them and take even one step, they will growl or bark and then run away from me.

I feel like these dogs are a threat to my son, because I'm not convinced an 8-year old boy will command the same respect/fear from the dogs I do. And since I noticed the people just got another dog they also allow to roam (much younger and smaller, but will be about the same size I think), I finally decided to call animal control about it, because these people are simply growing the pack of dogs without thinking of the potential problems the dogs cause.

The problem is, I feel a little guilty about it, because the dogs all do have collars, so I know they belong to someone who lives nearby, and I would hate to lose my dog, but I make sure my dog is either on the leash or on his runner when he is outside. I just wish these people would do the same. I did put up another set of signs, but nothing ever came of them except them being torn down by someone.

Should I feel guilty about it, or did I do the right thing?
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Old 05-30-2014, 03:51 PM   #2
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Call Mike Vick. He'll know what to do.
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Old 05-30-2014, 03:56 PM   #3
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I've lived in my current home for exactly one year now. Ever since we moved in a year ago, we noticed a group of three medium-sized dogs roaming freely throughout the neighborhood. The dogs once came into my yard and destroyed something (nothing major or expensive at all), so that prompted me to put up a few signs in the neighborhood asking whoever owns the dogs to secure their pets.

That seemed to work for roughly a month, but eventually, the dogs were allowed to have freedom again. As a dog lover myself, I wouldn't really mind it too much IF my family and I could "get to know" the dogs, but the dogs are not friendly, have chased me and my son while we were riding our bikes, and if I call to them and take even one step, they will growl or bark and then run away from me.

I feel like these dogs are a threat to my son, because I'm not convinced an 8-year old boy will command the same respect/fear from the dogs I do. And since I noticed the people just got another dog they also allow to roam (much younger and smaller, but will be about the same size I think), I finally decided to call animal control about it, because these people are simply growing the pack of dogs without thinking of the potential problems the dogs cause.

The problem is, I feel a little guilty about it, because the dogs all do have collars, so I know they belong to someone who lives nearby, and I would hate to lose my dog, but I make sure my dog is either on the leash or on his runner when he is outside. I just wish these people would do the same. I did put up another set of signs, but nothing ever came of them except them being torn down by someone.

Should I feel guilty about it, or did I do the right thing?
As a dog lover and owner of 4 dogs I say you're doing the right thing. It's not safe for people in your neighborhood or for the dogs themselves to be wandering around off leash.
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Airsoft fan here, for stray dogs/cats, kinda fun too
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As a dog lover and owner of 4 dogs I say you're doing the right thing. It's not safe for people in your neighborhood or for the dogs themselves to be wandering around off leash.
This is right. If you had killed the dogs that would be different, but people should take care of their own animals. Maybe having to pay to get them out of hopp will make the owners think twice about allowing them to roam free.
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You moved into their hood. Now you gonna cause problems. Expect to get many problems back. Never a good idea to make enemies.
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Default Re: Dogs running free in my neighborhood.

What are the local ordinances regarding dogs? Where I live, dogs are not allowed to run loose, and if animal control gets involved, you will be fined. My labs did dig out once before I put up a containment wire, but all they did was play with the neighborhood kids until I got home.
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Do you have a homeowners association?
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:35 PM   #9
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You moved into their hood. Now you gonna cause problems. Expect to get many problems back. Never a good idea to make enemies.
What should he do?
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Default Re: Dogs running free in my neighborhood.

SC has a statewide leash law

i had animal control come out, then deputies, after 4 years of a large american bulldog growling at me in my yard/garage, signed an arrest warant and we settled in court, no problem since

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if the dogs are not dangerous i would just ignore them
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So.

You have no idea who let the dogs out?
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:08 PM   #12
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Default Re: Dogs running free in my neighborhood.

you did the right thing. as stated, there are leash laws.... and I have seen firsthand what can happen when a dog runs out in the road in front of bikes... it's not pretty and the homeowner doesn't like the bill they get for "just a bike"... much less the hospital bill that they have to pay since they are responsible for the animal...

not the animal's fault... completely on the owner. So, you did right by calling animal control, especially in a neighborhood.
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What are the local ordinances regarding dogs? Where I live, dogs are not allowed to run loose, and if animal control gets involved, you will be fined. My labs did dig out once before I put up a containment wire, but all the did was play with the neighborhood kids until I got home.
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i had animal control come out, then deputies, after 4 years of a large american bulldog growling at me in my yard/garage, signed an arrest warant and we settled in court, no problem since

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We have restrictions, but no HOA.
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You have no idea who let the dogs out?
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You moved into their hood. Now you gonna cause problems. Expect to get many problems back. Never a good idea to make enemies.
Don't think I haven't thought about this very thing. It's one of the reasons it took me a while to decide to call about it. But once the dogs started pursuing me and my son and growling/barking, I decided I would rather have mad neighbors than an injured/dead son. When it comes to that, then it's a no-brainer decision.
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You did the right thing , I got bite by some dogs just like you are talking about. You get dogs in a pack and they will change in behavior.
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dude don't feel bad your doing the right thing...If you feel your child or anyone is in danger then like you said it is a no brainer and the neighbors wouldn't even know you called.
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Is this a joke? He called for the safety of his kid..Also how are they gonna know who called?
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