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Advice please, How to deal with the neighbor and their dogs Update pg5

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dfunnyfarm, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. dfunnyfarm

    dfunnyfarm Songster

    Apr 2, 2008
    Hi all, I was hoping for some advice. Here's the problem, 2 dogs started showing up at my place and last week they decided to chase my chickens around so I pinned them up in my fenced in back yard till I could go looking for their owner. The owner found them before I could find her and I told her they were chasing my chickens and I thought that they killed some of the genias and I knew they had injured the peacock. A couple days later the dogs were back but their was 3 of them and they were chasing my horses. I talked to her told her that they were chasing the horses and Her response was well its a game to them they arn't going to kill them. I told her I was concenred that they would cause my mare to abort she is due in March. Last Saturday I came home from christmas shopping to find one of her dogs and a brittiney in my rabbit barn. I was devastated my herd of rabbits went from 32 to 12 in a couple of hours. I was mad. I can't find the owner of the britney and I was unsure if the black dog was hers. 2 days later the black dog was back got into my chicken yard and killed most of my flock. I waited for my husband to get home from work to go talk to her. When he got home as we were headed to her house 6 dogs started chasing my horses they were lunging at my mares belly, sides and back. I talked to her and told her again my fears and also told her of the damage they had done to my rabbits and chickens. She didn't belive me at first then I showed her the pictures and told her I had called the sheriff and made a report. She told me she is on unemployement and we can work something out. What does everyone think I should do?
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2008

  2. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    It's not that hard for someone to contain their animals. Tell her if she doesn't contain them she won't see them again, period!!
  3. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    Usually i'd say it's not the dog's fault it has a useless owner. I'm afraid on this occasion i'd say shoot the dog, or tell her and the sheriff you will if it is back, and carry out the threat if necessary. You have lost a lot already, and that is more than anyone can be expected to tolerate. She obviously has no respect for other people's animals, or her own if she lets him run loose. It sounds like she's too dumb and inconsiderate to reason with, so remove the problem yourself if needs be.
  4. glassparman

    glassparman Songster

    Jun 23, 2008
    Mojave, CA
    Not sure about Kansas but here in California, the Agricultural code says that if a dog is even "harassing" your livestock, you can legally kill it.

    You need to be sure and check with your local codes and animal control but out here, we take care of it right away . . . the old fashioned way.

    I even have that code posted as a sign on my fenceline.

  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Dog that are picked up or taken to the county shelter for harassing livestock are put down. No questions asked.

    I would charge her fair market value of all the animals her dogs destroyed.
  6. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    I would say, if you don't want to shoot them (something I would have a very hard time doing), pen them and call animal control. I hope you already called when they killed the other animals. If animal control won't do anything call the sheriff anyway. If you can catch them, take them to an animal shelter further away.

    She needs to keep the dogs under control at all times, one way or another. Also she should pay for ALL damages.

    Just a few of the ideas I have heard on here before.
  7. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    First of all sorry about your losses.

    Second - tell the neighbor you TRIED to work this out with her - remember? and her response was "Oh they think its a game, they wont hurt them." [​IMG]

    Now you need to do a few things: Figure out the cost of your livestock that was killed and have the owner pay for them at the cost of replacement to you plus what it cost you to feed them up to the age they were. 2. File the report with the sheriffs office so that its on record that her dogs attacked and killed your animals so that if they do it again.. you can proceed to... 3. the next time she doesnt have control of her dogs and under lock and key and it happens (hopefully it wont) you will have her dogs locked up and possibly euthanized for being menaces and proceed with all possible legal proceedings against the neighbor.

    Sorry, its the only way to solve the problem now given you've already asked her once, then told her the second time.

    Take pictures...and keep records. Dont back down.

  8. Tn Gamebirds

    Tn Gamebirds Songster

    I would of already shot the dogs! It will be no use in shooting it AFTER they kill all of your animals.

    You have talked to the owner of the dogs and given them a chance to fasten them up. That is good enough for me.

    The second time they were on my place killing or chasing livestock i would put an end to it then and there.

    I know some people will disagree. But i've been through this with the same kind of neighbor.

    We have an UNDERSTANDING now! End of problem.
  9. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    New Durham NH
    Being on unemployment does not mean she cant tie or be responsible for her blasted animals. Show no mercy. Get ticked, and dont let it slide. You will not be able to reason with this person, Get the police involved now, go after reimbursement for your lost animals. Oh I am so mad just listening to you! I would be out side with a paintball gun shooting the dogs. It marks them, and it stings. I hope you took photos of your losses, as you are going to need proof. Send notices to all your abutters that this issue has begun, and dogs found on your property can be picked up at the pound, and start setting have a hearts, or catching the dogs in empty stalls, get an animal control number and become the squeaky wheel.

    This is going to be a hard few months for you, but if you take it now, you are setting yourself up to take it forever. Sorry, but the only way to win this one, is to draw the line fast and hard, and HOLD it. Your livestock is a financial investment, and the law is on your side, but in our mostly non agricultural world, you are going to have to remind everyone of that, including your local police and DA! remember, every Rabbit is now worth 20-25 dollars minnimum. (replacement, travel, and raising/feed costs) Do the math there, 32x25=800.00 How many did they kill? 20? you are now out 500.00 bucks! Can your neighbor cough that up? Then she neds to buy some tie downs.

    How much is your foal worth?

    Start screaming NOW, borrow a paintball gun, go hunting....
  10. dfunnyfarm

    dfunnyfarm Songster

    Apr 2, 2008
    I forgot to say my rabbits are show breeders (Lionheads $100 each) in the massacre they destoryed 5 cages that can't be fixed. Also she is a kennel supposidly is registared. I have no idea what to charge for the chickens and the guienas. She wants to give me her chickens and the wire cages she keeps them in for the damages. And what do I do about the brittneys owner? I don't know where he is. There is no animal control officer out here and the sheriff said if we shot their dogs they can sue us! I told hubby I've been nice they come back shoot them. I have shot them with the bb gun but it dosn't seem to be enough. Thanks for all the advice. I really appricate it.

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