Originally Posted by blucoondawg
Possibly, that is providing you have decent neighbors with an IQ somewhere in the normal human range. The people around here with problem animals are more likely to tell you to get bent than to actually care that their animals are causing problems. These people believe that because they live outside a city limits their dogs are entitled to free run of the land, I have a friend who will say as much he has 2 labs and a retriever and he does not feel he has any responsibility to keep them on his property, he got very mad at a neighbor who said something about the dogs coming over and he didn't even have livestock he just didn't want them there, I told him around here those dogs would likely get shot because people won't tolerate that with their chickens or dogs chasing cattle and horses, he feels that is the most offensive thing he's ever heard, how dare you shoot his dog those dogs are more important than any of your livestock. Honestly I believe these sort of responses are more likely than a reasonable response because reasonable people generally wouldn't allow their pet to roam in the first place.
As far as them getting mad and trying to kill your dogs, they would get in a lot of trouble doing that if your dogs stay on your property as you say and they aren't attacking their livestock or children.
That is a lucid, well thought out and intelligent response!
Some people here insist the dogs are innocent saying "it's not the dog's fault, it's the owner's fault". It's true that IT IS the owner's fault But, making that claim does NOTHING to stop the carnage. Killing is imprinted in the DNA of dogs. Man has been able to breed this aggressive trait from some breeds. However, together with the natural killer instinct and, a domestic dog's being UN-afraid of people makes him a dangerous predator to our stock.
Most people who own livestock love dogs. The difference, I believe, is this tendency, by some folks, to equate the killer roaming my neighborhood with little Poofy-Moo laying on your lap. This killer has no right to be considered any better than a coyote, coon or possum. if you believe he does, why? Your killer is not afraid of me. He's learned to circumvent fences, gates and even walls. Technically, it may not be the dog's fault but, the dog must pay the price for his actions.
Do y'all have any idea how many folks here have been cursed lower than a well-digger;s butt for peacefully approaching a dog's owner? I have totally given-up on appealing to dog owners anymore. Three times I've approached an owner, the dog turns up missing, and I'm suspect number one. One of the times they found their killer in the road killed by a vehicle and still thought it was me! So now, I don't bring the subject up and therefore don't become a suspect when the dog disappears. The killer stays on my place. Permanently.