Dog killed neighbor’s chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Kaycie Jones, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. Kaycie Jones

    Kaycie Jones In the Brooder

    Oct 2, 2017
    This last Friday a little boy next door went into my yard to retrieve his football (whole other issue there) and let my dogs out. He told me of it right away and I started trying to track them down. Around 20 minuets went by when I heard two shots. My dogs came running home, covered in their own blood. They had been shot with a shotgun by a neighbor.

    I managed to find the neighbor and he said they were attacking his flock. I offered to compensate him. I have chickens myself, and feel horrible that this has happened. Thankfully my dogs lived, but 7 chickens were not so lucky. I’ve asked how much he wants, and no reply. I asked what they were (meat or laying hens) and no reply. I called the police, but he never reported it to animal control. I’ve called and stopped by three times this week but he never seems to be home.

    How much should I give him? I don’t want this mess rearing up in two months, but he just won’t give me any information. All I know is his flock used to total 45, but that’s about it. So now I’m stuck with two injured dogs and no idea how to compensate the neighbor for his loss. What should I do?
  2. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

    Jan 8, 2017
    Sounds like it’s a toss up and maybe that’s why he doesn’t have a response for you? How bad are the dogs’ wounds? Maybe secure your fence/gate so that the neighbor (or anyone else) cannot come into your backyard w/o permission? Of course, I don’t know if that’s possible either not knowing your set up.
  3. I don't think you should be required/expected to do anything as long as said neighbor hasn't replied. You offered and they denied to answer... like @Soon2BChixMom mentioned there's really nothing you can do yet but take care of your dogs and make sure your gates are secured.
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    Sounds like he would have responded to you if he wanted compensation. The whole incident is sad on so many counts. Hope you and neighbor, and your dogs can move past it.
  5. CntryBoy777

    CntryBoy777 Songster

    Apr 25, 2016
    North Ms
    I wouldn't push the issue and just let it go. If it were me in his shoes I'd be fuming about the dogs, but not knowing why...I'd assume it to be irresponsibility, but knowing they weren't strays, I'd feel bad about ya having to take care of your, he could just be calling it a wash with his loss and ya having vet bills. I'd give it some time and then catch him outside one day and attempt to explain and come to a neighborly understanding....if after that he refuses to be neighborly, just move on and know he doesn't really have much character.
  6. HenOnAJuneBug

    HenOnAJuneBug Crowing

    May 20, 2015
    He may be a bit afraid because he shot your dogs, not being sure what you might do.
  7. SeramaMamma

    SeramaMamma Songster

    Jul 12, 2017
    Sucky situation for all- you probably should put a lock on your gate. Can't believe the audacity that people have trespassing to get a ball and letting dogs out...I'd have had the police at the parent's door for that and the parents would be responsible for the outcome of the whole thing.

    Here, it's legal to shoot dogs which are attacking livestock so you'd have no recourse there but I hope your dogs are ok. As for the chickens if he's not specified that he wants/needs to be compensated, then I'd ask one more time and let it go after that. He probably feels bad he hurt the dogs but didn't feel he had any alternative. Luckily it was a shotgun and not something worse.
  8. HenOnAJuneBug

    HenOnAJuneBug Crowing

    May 20, 2015
    Thanksgiving's coming up. Bake him a pie and let him know that you're sorry for the mess, your dogs are OK, no hard feelings, if he wants money for the chickens, fine, if not, fine, water under the bridge, have a happy Thanksgiving.
  9. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

    Apr 22, 2016
    DeForest, WI
    Sorry for your trouble :hugs
    A lot of good advice already given

    You might consider a brief letter to your neighbor apologizing once more, recognizing his right to defend his flock and once more offering compensation. You could explain the accidental release and let him know you have added a lock. Keep a copy for your records. If you are concerned about 'something down the road', documentation is good.

    Edit - Hand him the letter with the above mentioned pie!:D
  10. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

    Jan 8, 2017

    As I was reading this post, I thought yes! This with the pie would be brilliant! I then saw your edit. :)

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