I currently have a dog problem. Well lets start from the beginning(sorry for such a long post but I need to rant a little). In the area that I live in everyone lives on about 4-6 acres. I have a fenced in yard where I keep my dogs and I have my coop just outside that fence. The coop itself is completely predator safe but is too small to keep all the chickens locked up all day. I let them free range on the property during the daytime. Well we have lost 4 hens to this dog so far. We lost Butterscotch, Goldie, Buffy, and Speckles. The chickens are now on lock down and are locked up until I can get this problem figured out. The dog is a chow looking mix that keeps getting out somehow. Sometimes it is accompanied by an old looking golden retriever (this is the only one out of the 3 that Im not worried about) and a chow/Shepard looking mix. The Shepard mix growled at me last time they were on my property when I tried to shoo them away. I am at my wits end with these stupid dogs. I went for a long walk about a month ago and found that they live about 4 houses away from us (4 houses away on 4-6 acre lots is a pretty good distance for a dog to be roaming). They get out and roam around causing trouble. They seem to be getting out almost every day lately. Its only the chow dog that goes after chickens but as I said, the Shepard mix growled at me. i fear for the safety of my animals(as well as the chickens I have rabbits, horses, dogs, etc) but more than that I fear for my 4 year old daughter. What if she was out playing with the chickens or rabbits when this dog came by? I talked with one of my immediate neighbors about a week ago and found out that he has had a few run-ins with these dogs and their owner in the past. I guess they killed 10+ of his chickens about a year ago and went after a baby goat injuring it and its mother. He took them to court for damages and won. Apparently this wasnt enough for these people to learn to keep their dogs locked up(my neighbor said he has started to lose some chickens to these dogs again in the last couple months). He said it was the chow that got his birds and the Shepard that went after the goats. Well, today I come home to find my EE hen Butterscotch torn to shreds. the game-cam caught the chow mix dog red handed again. (we set a game cam up after the dogs started showing up. i was worried they would start going after the chickens or the rabbit hutches and i wanted to have proof if i needed to confront the owners. unfortunately i now know that the owners dont care)Im livid and done trying to be nice and just shoo the stupid dog/s away. I hate to come to this, but from talking to my immediate neighbor I realize that the owner of these animals doesnt listen to reason or even a judge and will continue to let the dogs get out and reek havoc. I wish I could just fence in my whole property but financially that is not a possibility and wont be any time soon. so now i am at the SSS point. I would try to just catch the dogs and turn them over to the pound but if the person goes and picks them up Im right back where I started plus I wouldnt want someone else to adopt any of these dogs and bring their problems with them. So my question is what is going to be the easiest way to catch and dispatch them? I have a gun but am not fully comfortable using it not to mention the dogs usually come around when were at work. I think my best option would be to catch them somehow and go from there. I have thought about a live trap but one that big would be really expensive. What are some other ways I could catch these dogs when they come over next time? My husband mentioned a leghold trap or snare trap but I have never had any experience at all with anything like that. also, does anyone know of a good and quick way to end them? I would rather them not suffer at all. my husband said he would shoot them if needed but I was wondering if there were any other options. I know some people will tell me that there are other options and that I shouldnt be trying to dispose of these dogs but this is not the 1st time they have caused problems and the safety of my family comes first to me over the life of a dog. I will be very happy and relieved when I know these dogs are no longer running loose. They have killed many animals in the past. as well as myself, many of my neighbors have small children. If they are so eager to growl at adults I shudder to think what would happen if a child was too close when these dogs are going after livestock.