04-21-2014, 06:59 PM
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Dear, I know you want to work with your neighbors but this IS a dangerous DANGEROUS situation.
Trust me I know how hard it is... This is my worst ownership/most embarrassing story.
My dogs were accused of killing another dog three miles away. Granted they HAD gotten loose a few days prior, but on the day it happened two of my dogs were put up. My Aussie has a BRIGHT white collar and there was absolutely no evidence. There have been multiple multiple sightings over the years of a mountain lion in the area and the owners were notorious for leaving several bowls of dog food out and would leave their dog unattended for days on end. Out here it could have been coyotes, bears, anything.
My dogs got the wrap because of my slip, MY FAULT.
My neighbors insisted that my dogs were dangerous, deadly, and threatened to shoot them upon sight if they weren't put down or contained.
Of course, I would do the same!
Needless to say my dogs, though this was the first time EVER they had run off, and I believe they went down there to track the lion (or whatever) that had probably been out here scoping my goats, haven't been out of my sight since and locked up every single time I'm not outside.
If I had thought or think now for ONE IOTA of a SECOND my dogs were a danger to livestock or my child, they are dead meat. Period, end of story!
They live/have lived loose with kittens, chickens, horses, goats/baby goats, family dogs visiting, children and NEVER EVER have they even looked cross eyed at one of them.
Unfortunately since your neighbors dogs are proven killers of a larger sweet natured livestock, not just a chicken, that they've been acclimated to somewhat nearby...
They need to go. Or at least be locked up 24/7 in a secure pen.
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