I'm so frustrated. The neighbor's dog just got loose and ran through our property today. Neighbor comes wandering over saying "I'm sorry the dog got out again." This is the same neighbor and the same dog that killed a chicken in February, after which we called animal control. Animal control called them, read them the dangerous animal procedures and explained to them they needed to keep the dog under immediate control. The neighbor did come over and apologize, and paid my son $20 for the dead chicken. My son didn't feel compensated but it was something. A month ago a mysterious something killed 5 banty chickens . . . left them lying all around the chicken tractor . . . so my guess is the same dog, but we weren't home and couldn't complain since we had no proof. Now we have a moveable electric fence, all the birds are inside the fence . . . but the dog is still on our property running around loose. I explained to the neighbor that a) When we said we didn't want his dog over here, we meant WE DID NOT WANT HIS DOG ON OUR PROPERTY AT ALL. b) I said the chickens, ducks, and geese were valuable and hard to replace. c) The dog was out of control and had growled/rushed at myself and my kids and husband WHILE on our property, many many times. To which he replied: 1. The dog is only out when he's home (so he deliberately lets the dog go loose?!) 2. How did we know that it was his dog that did it -- haven't we heard the coyotes? (We SAW the dog with the rooster in his mouth in February) 3. And haven't we heard those coyotes? To which I responded AGAIN with all the above, AND stated that if he didn't keep his dog under control we were going to resort to calling animal control, using pellet rifles, or some other more permanent method of dealing with the issue because THE DOG NEEDED TO STAY OFF OUR PROPERTY. And I did point out that if the coyotes were eating our animals, we'd be shooting THEM . . . (or humanely trapping them?! We would be doing SOMETHING) To which he walked off after saying, "Well I'm glad that we could deal with this civilly?" Not sure if he thought I was civil (I didn't yell, didn't swear, or call him an idiot so I felt like I was civil ), or if he was making a snide comment. What is so hard to understand about wanting to keep your animals, children and property safe? It was like he thought it was no big deal if the birds were killed, and that there was no chance that the dog would hurt someone . . . But I've been around a lot of dogs and I know how she acted. I like dogs, and I love MY dog, but after all these problems dogs are not my favorite animals, which is sad. My kids are even nervous about them. Anyone have good dog deterrents, or advice in dealing with clueless neighbors? I was tempted by the thought of getting a cassowary, since some thread on here said it took care of german shepherds, but they don't really seem practical We have a 4 ft high electric fence from Premier around the birds. Does anyone have experience with that or similar versus a dog? MY main hope is that she couldn't get out of the fence if she got in, so we'd have proof and more than proof . . . The neighbors do watch for us to be gone, and THEN let the dog out without a leash, or at night when they think we won't notice, so it has to be something that will work without us around. I did see the thread about survelliance cameras so I'll check out those recommendations too. Couldn't come at a better time. I hate the whole situation -- don't like guns, don't like final endings to animals -- even coyotes, but I can't afford to replace my whole flock year after year. I'm pretty sure Washinton has the dogs messing with livestock can be shot by the landowner law, but never thought I'd seriously consider having to use it (or having my husband use it, which would be more likely). What should I tell my kids to do if the dog is out and they see her? I've told them not to run, not to scream but to walk away slowly and come and get me asap . . . anything else? She is chained up 95% of the time -- it is the random 5% that scares me . . . and the clueless neighbors. Sorry for venting -- just had to get it out of my system. I hope I haven't offended anyone! Suggestions are welcome, but I already feel better getting it out of my system . . .