I glanced out the window just in time to see the neighbor's dog chasing one of my fawn runners. I tell my husband to run and possibly scare it off the duck while I went for the 22 rifle. DH runs after the dog (and the duck he has in his mouth) who is headed down the road toward his home. I take the shortcut around the lake to try in head him off. I can't help but notice the red feathers scattered along the trail! Those explain what happened to our rooster while we were at church this morning! As I approach the neighbor's place I see the dog/duck at the edge of the lake but can't take a safe shot. The dog (with the apparently dead duck) runs off into the woods. While I discuss this problem with the dog owner my DH is trying to follow the dog. Owner promises AGAIN to keep dog chained, denies EVER hearing about his dog killing before this. As a matter of fact he doesn't know HIS DOG is killing our pets. Can you say "discrepancies"??!! About this time his dog slinks into the yard and the owner points out that the dog is not covered in blood. Therefore he must be innocent! My husband shows up soon after the dog with a bloody but ALIVE duck! (He threw a large rock at the dog and hit it, it dropped the duck and ran off. Dh was shocked to see the duck was still alive but missing skin and feathers. DH talked to this guy 2 weeks ago today after seeing the dog run off with one of my Wyandotte hens! He swore he would keep the dog chained until he found him a home. Well, in the meantime ,we've lost a pet duck, pet turkey and this morning my rooster was missing and there is a trail of feathers leading to his place. (on the way home I found what is left of the turkey) Today the guy said he'd chain the dog up, and I suggested he do it instantly! He also said he would take it to the pound as it wasn't really his, it had belonged to his GF's son and then to his GF, and it wasn't REALLY his and blah blah blah. I explained the "Harboring " law to him and I said I'd just take the dog with me to assure it actually went to the pound. The guy agreed to me taking the dog with me but carried on the whole time I tied the dog up. Not, technically, HIS dog, it just lives there. Dog is actually innocent (this one despite having seen the dog with jaws locked on the duck). Surely I am not wanting to shoot the dog just for the heck of it... (he said that one rather sarcastically!) He said I was being argumentative when I asked why he kept letting the dog loose to kill my animals! I came home with my 22 draging a 125 lb, pit bull mixed breed dog with icy blue eyes... what in the world IS this dog? By this time my knickers are seriously twisted! I could have dropped the dog in a heartbeat when it was after the duck, but now, with it safely chained to I tree, I can't shoot it! The dog catcher made an emergency trip out here and I had to load the dog in his truck because it only would let me near it. Now, because of the neighbor's irresponsibility, it will be my fault the dog is put down. I know I'm ranting and this is terribly long, but I had to blow off steam to people who would understand. I've been having some really un-Christian thoughts about beating the neighbor with a broom handle. I just absolutely hate the thought of that dog dying when there are other options. I've already rescued one bird-killing dog and can't take in another. Especially one that growls at DH and kids. And yes, even after 6 years my rescue dog would kill my chickens and ducks if he were to get loose. Thanks for 'listening' and sorry to have carried on so much.