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post #21 of 28 Old 11-10-2011, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Going to call the sheriff again tomorrow to see what else can be done. Don't worry I don't believe in rock salt or bb guns for protection and we do everything in our power to make it a quick stopping shot, but on the other hand I'm going to do everything it takes to make the animals stop doing what theyre doing and if they present me a less then perfect shot I'm still going to feel inclined to take it (of course I finish it off if given the chance). They wont take them to a vet, one of the dogs struck we actually found with the cop still alive at the edge of the property line, they picked it up and didn't vet it so of course it died a few hours later. Last thing I want are for these things to suffer, they're the ones paying the ultimate price.

I can't get pictures, but I think if I can push the vaccination topic thats going to be the best way to get outside help for these dogs. I can see hot wiring the horses area as being realistic, but going only that route I would then have to hotwire the dogs area, I free range my birds so I would have to pen them up and wire them, as well as any lambs or pigs we may want in the future... I see it getting to be a very expensive solution to the problem and I really dont want to have all these wired pens around the yard when I shouldnt have to in the first place.
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post #22 of 28 Old 11-10-2011, 08:20 AM
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How frustrating, and what a shame to have to shoot a dog because of the owners neglect.
However if the dogs are getting onto your property, I think you should beef up your own fencing to prevent that. I realize that you don't want to have to spend the money on it because of your neighbors ignorance, but I really think it's for the best, not just for your animals, but for yourself too.
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post #23 of 28 Old 11-10-2011, 09:34 AM
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If you live like I do in the country, there is no animal control, its the Sheriff's office that takes care of animal calls. There is no animal control in the small town where I am located, again the local city police of Sheriff does all animal control issues. So, you pretty much have to depend on yourself to take care of loose dogs.
Antifreeze will kill them, however it can take a few days or more to actually shut down their kidneys and this can be painful until they are comatose.. Bullets are faster and quicker. Put some hot wire around the bottom of the fence, you might find that will take care of the issues really quick, but your poor chickens might end up fried if they get too close.
As I suggested, try the rabies vaccination side of it. Check your state laws by calling the state veterinarian and find out the actual law for the state, I am sure, as in most states, they are mandatory. Then get ahold of the Sheriff and tell them you want to see current vaccination records FROM THE VET, not just made up shot records from the owners, for each and every dog. Since they are mean and run loose, there is a health risk for your safety and anyone who is going by that home. I imagine the Sheriff would be just as happy to get the population down before the dogs attack a human.
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post #24 of 28 Old 11-10-2011, 10:21 AM
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If somebody hasn't already mentioned it, you might try calling the humane society. I am not really sure what they can do for you, but they might try to help if the dogs are in poor shape. If the Sheriff's Department isn't taking care of the situation, then you might also try contacting the county commisioners and voicing your concerns.

In some counties there is not a vaccine law. However, in most there is a vicious dog law.

I am a huge dog lover, have six of them myself, but they are all very well taken care of and socialized (it helps that they are inside/outside dogs as well). That being said, if an outside predator attempted or was successful in killing any of my critters (rabbits, ducks, dogs, cats) I would have no problem implementing high velocity lead poisoning.
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post #25 of 28 Old 11-10-2011, 03:01 PM
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Except rabies vaccine is usually a state required law, so even if a county does not "require" a dog to have a rabies tag(my county doesn't require county dogs to be licensed), it is usually a state mandatory law that all dogs over 6 month of age be given a rabies vaccination.
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post #26 of 28 Old 11-10-2011, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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I refuse to break the law myself and poison anything. Sheriff is going to talk to them this evening and see what he can find out, he hinted himself that he wants to see these dogs gone and made it sound like there are many ways we can go after them on the vaccination side of things. Again he said outright that we have full permission to shoot any dog that comes on the property.
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post #27 of 28 Old 11-10-2011, 03:41 PM
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I'm not sure why some people think private organizations(aspca, ect) will be able to pull anything off if the local law enforcement says they aren't violating any laws. It's actually pretty silly when you think about it. Shoot the dogs. I've been on both sides of this with having dogs kill my animals and having my dogs kill someone elses animals. It's a bummer either way. Take care of business. Involving the government makes more of a mess than it's worth.

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post #28 of 28 Old 11-10-2011, 04:28 PM
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It is sad when people put animals in a situation where they need to be killed. Im sorry to say this, but the owners sound like the ones that need to go the dogs are only doing what they have to to survive. If dogs were killing my pets then I will and have before kill them. When we lived in NC we had a goat and our neighbours dog always came over and tried several times to kill it. My dogs got it once when I didnt know the dog was out there I went and got my dogs away and I shot at the neighbours dog. They had three dogs and I called the cops and asked if I had the right to shoot the dogs and they said as long as they are harming my pets or family.
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