Should we file charges?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ptkds, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. ptkds

    ptkds Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2008
    My neighbors dog just killed one of my chickens. We have called the animal control to come pick up these dogs before. The owners new they were getting out and we have told them that they tried to get to our chickens. Well, ths morning around 4 am, the dogs were in our yard scaring our dogs and who knows what else. This afternoon, we discovered that one of the dogs had killed one of our chickens. The dog also jumped all over my 9 yr old dd and scratched her up. Animal control has already come to get the dogs, and they plan on issuing citations on the dogs, but I can still file a complaint. Should I file a complaint with the police dept? Please give me your opinions. My daughters are so upset right now. They are just crying.
  2. ChicknJ

    ChicknJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    Central Florida
    while I agree that it is most likely the dogs killed the chicken, AC is going to ask if you SAW them kill the chook. Unfortunately, without actually witnessing it, they may not be able to file actual charges. Complain all you can, your dd being scratched/injured by the dogs should carry enough weight to have them charged with loose dogs or whatever is comparable in your area.

    Oh, I leave my camera right by the back door, so I can grab a quick pic if any dogs come in my yard, but after losing 15 chickens to neighbors dogs, I solved the problem myself. Sad, but unavoidable.

    I'm sorry about your chicken and very sorry your youngsters have to go through this.
  3. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    I would, they were informed and did nothing to stop it and now a child is hurt and a chicken is died.
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Much as I would hate to have neighbors become enemies, yes. Those dogs have been out before, they've been warned. And jumping on anyone is NOT acceptable!
  5. chickeydee

    chickeydee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2009
    I am sorry for your loss .I hope your girl is ok . I would check with the sherff department . You look like you live in a subdivision and are close to neighbors . Have you talk to them about the chicken and your girl . Maybe they will pay you for your loss and compensate you if you have to take your girl to the doctor. Does she have to get a rabies shot ..Once a dog gets a chicken it will not stop .I would check out what your law is in your state .
  6. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    File the complaint....
    Include the dead chicken and terrorizing and injurying your child!
  7. SquirrelGirl

    SquirrelGirl Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 9, 2009
    Same thing happened with my neighbors.. killed tons of our chickens!! But we went over and told them what happened and asked them to pay $10 for each chicken. They payed up so everything was ok. I think if they have to pay you then they realize they better keep their dogs inside!
  8. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    This is the best advice in the world. SSS

    Shoot Shovel Shut up

    Talking to neighbors and small claims court will not stop the dogs from coming onto your property. If a dog had done that to my daughter the dog owner and dog would be in intensive care at the hospital right now!!!
  9. lngrid

    lngrid Chillin' With My Peeps

    And be sure to take photographs of the scratches on your child when they are still fresh and visible. A picture is worth a thousand words.
  10. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2008

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