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post #1 of 22 Old 01-19-2013, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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The neighbors dog...

A few weeks back a naked (no collar or tags) all-boy pit bull mix shows up, playing with one of my dogs. I assumed that the dog would go home but he stayed into the evening. So before I fed our dogs their dinner, I shooed this dog assuming that he had to be one of the neighbors dogs. He was back within a few hours. Over the course of a few days I poked around asking neighbors if he belonged to them, no one knew him. Apparently, he just decided to move in here.

I called the animal shelter to report him in case his owners tried to locate him, placed a found ad and so fourth. The dog was here for the better part of a week before I started to feed him, assuming that he was lost. Some nights he takes off in the evening only to show up around 8AM and other times he stays for a few days before disappearing and showing back up.

Finally, he showed up with a bright orange collar on! So I taped my name and phone number to his collar to ask the owners (if that is where he was going) to call. A day or two later when he decided to go home again his owner called me. Turns out this dog lives about 2 miles away.

I told the owner that the dog has been here and I kind of inquired as to if this guy was missing his dog? (Wondering how you are so OK with only seeing your dog five times in 3 weeks) I nicely told him that I would greatly appreciate it if he kept his dog at his house. I informed him that I had scheduled an appointment to neuter the dog so I could re-home him, assuming he was lost and went un-claimed. Now that I know he has a home.... please keep him there! I do not want a fourth dog, much less a part time fourth dog that I do not know the vaccination or de-worming records on.

Surprise, surprise, the dog has been here on and off ever since. No collar, nothing has changed. The poor dog is getting thin because I stopped feeding him when I found out that he does in fact have an owner.

He is very nice, other than the dog "herding" people and constantly being in the way, peeing all over my hay, feed, barn, chasing traffic and chasing my cats he hasn't been awful but I really just don't want the dam* dog!

I am expecting our goats to kid in about a month, judging by how long it took me to beat "barking at the goats" out of him, it makes me very leery for him to pop over un-announced with goat kids. Not to mention we plan to get chickens in the spring and I am going to have enough trouble keeping my wolf hybrid from eating them. All that aside, I just don't need him here.

So in this situation, what would you do?

I plan to call the neighbor again, or drop him off his dog and discuss this in person. Telling him one more time to keep his dog, get a fence, tie him up when you let him out, I don't know! I know darn well that any chance the dog gets in the future he'll just show up.

Do I bring him to the shelter if he keeps showing up? If he was running my horses through fences or eating the goats I'd know what to do but...

Sigh, that was a rant. Just not quite sure what the most neighborly route is, but I am really over pee soaked feed bags.
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-19-2013, 12:47 PM
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Obviously talking to the dogs owner is doing no good, he either doesn't care or doesn't respect you. Call the police and inform them what is going on. In most communities the owner is violating quite a few laws and they'll happily go over and discuss the situation with his owner for you. After having to keep paying fines he'll either figure out how to keep his dog where it belongs or the police will turn him over to the shelter.
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I'd contact the owner again, preferrably in person and if that goes nowhere talk to animal control.

But if I were you, I'd feed the dog if he's there for a few days, it's not the dogs fault the owner is an idiot.
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post #4 of 22 Old 01-19-2013, 12:51 PM
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Oh, another wolf hybrid person! Hi! Mine don't have an issue with any of my animals, but I wouldn't trust them unsupervised, either.

As for this dog, if it were me I would take the dog to animal control and call the owner and say hey, I just saw the dog catcher grab your dog. They usually have to pay a fine to get them back, and maybe that'll teach him to contain his dog.
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post #5 of 22 Old 01-19-2013, 12:56 PM
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I would agree call the cops here he would be paying off a leash law , unlicensed. And if the shelter were to get him he'd be paying to get him out as well. If the dog continues to keep showing up take him to the shelter.

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I'd get him neutered. A free roaming intact dog? GRRRRR!
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post #7 of 22 Old 01-19-2013, 01:10 PM
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I'd call AC and have him picked up - the shelter here won't take a surrendered "stray", you have to sign off as an owner surrender, all strays have to be picked up and processed by AC. They may ask if you know who's dog it is - and if you tell them it is the neighbor's dog they may either take him home and give the guy a warning or they will make contact, verify ownership and charge him a reclaim fee.
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I would either call AC to pick him up or just rehome him if possible. There is no way that he could stay at my house.

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post #9 of 22 Old 01-19-2013, 01:25 PM
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I feel your pain.... I have a Blue Heeler that keeps escaping from my neighbors and trying to kill my chickens (already got one). Neighbors thought it was funny since she herded her until she dropped dead of a heart attack.

I don't think it's funny in the slightest... about ready to get out the shotgun.
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post #10 of 22 Old 01-19-2013, 01:26 PM
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Here is the thing to consider regarding just re-homing him yourself. Let's say you do so, and the neighbor figures out that his dog is gone -- you have already made verbal statements to the owner that you had planned to do exactly that, who do you think he is going to think of as soon as he realizes that dog is gone. At that point, if he so chose, he could make your life difficult because you rectified the situation outside of the proper course (AC). The previous contact/conversation leaves you fairly open to this coming back on you in a very unfortunate way.
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