what do i do with this stray dog?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by coltssuperbowl83, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. coltssuperbowl83

    coltssuperbowl83 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    For about a week now there has been a stray dog on our property. We have seen him get into it with our dogs and the neighbor dogs, we have seen him chase our horses (acting like trying to nip feet but horses didn't like it at all), and have seen him chasing our goats. I called what i thought was our local animal control and it turns out we don't have an animal control where i am at and i got a hold of the sheriffs office instead. I asked if i could protect my property from stray and they told me that if i saw the dog actually trying to hurt one of my animals it was ok to shoot it, but if they are just on my property i can't do anything......(i don't sit on my front porch with a gun) He also asked my ........" if it actually got to one of your animals what do you think it would do to it" well, we had one hen come up missing about a week ago and what kind of question is that anyway??? so decided to keep the chickens in the barn until this dog left...............(but he's still here!) I don't know if the dog belongs to anyone but he sleeps here and is always out by our other dogs but does have a collar but no tags. I think its just a dog someone dropped off in the country but i don't know?!?!?! Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated... Please help..... Thanks for your time and happy holidays.
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    Unfortunately I share in your miserable situation. I have HAD TO shoot them [​IMG] When a county has no animal control it leaves no choice when you have livestock in danger. Do what you have to do with a clean kill shot. It stinks that folks drop dogs...yes dogs WITH collars/no tags onto our property year round. It risks my dogs health because those may or may not have been vaccinated, wormed, etc. etc. etc. Leaves no choice. Sorry for you and your unfortunate unwanted guest.
  3. coltssuperbowl83

    coltssuperbowl83 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
  4. WisconsinChickenWhisperer

    WisconsinChickenWhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Webster, Wisconsin
    Do you have an animal shelter/humane society in your county at all? Shelters are generally seperate from an actual animal control office. We have no actual animal control here, either, but we do have a shelter. If you do have a shelter, I would certainly call them and see what advice they can give before the dog does any damage. I am all for protecting one's livestock-I worry over my chickens and the neighbors dogs constantly-but I would hate to see a dog get shot that may have had a second chance for a good home. It's not the dog's fault that it was dumped, and if it hasn't hurt anything yet, it still has a chance.
  5. chickensrfood

    chickensrfood Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2010
    Shoot it save it the stress of being put to sleep in a shelter.
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Could you live trap with and bring him to the pound? Inconvenient? Yes, but possibly worth it. He may be a decent dog if placed in the right situation. He can't stay around your home, obviously, as he is causing problems. And he will likely continue to stick around unless he is removed one way or another.

    Irresponsible pet owners really get me going, and someone who would just abandon their animal deserves a special sort of punishment.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
  7. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I lived for a few years where this happened to me several times a year. None were never a problem for my dog or cat, they didn't try to get into the chicken yard, and I didn't have any other animals for them to bother, so I'd put dry food out and leave them alone. Most got killed by passing vehicles or rattlesnakes. I considered myself lucky that I never needed to shoot one. We seemed to be the county spot for dog dropping. There was no animal control and the local "shelter" would have put them down in a few days.

    I feel for you. You and they are the victims of irresponsible dog owners. I'm sorry.
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  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Okay, I'm going to have to [​IMG] after this.........

    Get a woman to call and be very worried about the kid's and her own safety. Have her explain that you are working a lot and don't have guns she can use.

    My DH is gone a lot and I had 4 strays hanging around. They were causing a lot of trouble and I was pretty nervous outside because the one time I tried to approach the pack leader snarled at me. I called AC, they hemmed and hawed, gave the usual spiel. Called the sheriff's office, they said it is AC's job to do the county, they just don't want to. Dispatcher said she'd take care of it and she did. I went to the grocery store and when I got back the dogs were gone.

    I was pretty relieved, because I didn't want to shoot one and have the other's turn on it or each other. The point is that they were prepared to do nothing until they found out I was alone and afraid for my safety.

    Not too long ago someone's large dog got loose and went after some neighbors. The Sherriff's deputies came out and shot it. There is an elementary school just up the highway and it was about time for school to let out. They couldn't take a chances.

    Going under my chair now [​IMG]
  9. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    If you don't want it for yourself,and taking to the shelter is not an option,then a quick death is humane. Shelter deaths are not always a gentle *go to sleep* death we think it will be.I would opt for shooting if I was not interested in taking in the dog.
  10. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    I work for a no kill shelter here in WI. We regularly come and "rescue" dogs from shelters to find homes for them here. If only all dog (and cat) owners were responsible this would not happen! I cant say any more because the whole situation infuriates me! Terri O

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