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    01-19-2013, 02:27 PM
Originally Posted by Delfina    
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.
If they think it is funny, then that dog has got to go.
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    01-19-2013, 02:37 PM
I would call animal control too. The owners will likely have to pay to get the dog back. If they don't go get it then it will be neutered at least by AC and hopefully be rehomed.
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    01-19-2013, 02:40 PM
Green Broke
I should say, my one hesitation point in involving AC/going the correct route would be if you are in a county that has auto-euth/zero placement policies for pits/mixes. If I were in a county with a "refuse to place" policy for pits I'd be hard pressed to put the dog into that system.
    01-19-2013, 03:29 PM
Green Broke
Similar situation at my place, deadbeat owners will just say it isnt there dog if there is a problem. All you can really do is call animal control to come get it.
    01-19-2013, 05:12 PM
Thanks all, the problem with calling Animal Control is that there is no Animal Control in this area. I could have the police come out and chat about it IF they will. IF they do there are no leash laws here either.

I would personally prefer to neuter and re-home him but he is not my dog, whether he is here or not I would think that is a bit over stepping... re-homing someone elses animal. The next best thing would be to bring him to the shelter, that way if the owners wanted to they could get him back and they might take keeping him contained a little more seriously. I just hate bringing animals to the shelter. We have a no kill shelter but still, eck. I have always hand picked a place to re-home pets. Looks like this may be the better option, the shelter, though.

Alex- I had hoped that in not feeding him he would return to his own him. If I feed him there is absolutely no reason to leave. The owner appears to take decent care of him in that respect. He has a healthy coat, smells bathed when he goes missing and comes back out here, I do not think he was fed cheap food or hurting. The problem is now that he wont go home to eat, he is hungry!
    01-19-2013, 05:16 PM
I'm in a similar situation right now. We are starting to miss a few chickens and I actually caught a boxer mix with one in his mouth on my property. He dropped the chicken and ran when I yelled at him and took after him with a lunge whip snapping.

I asked my county animal control person about what my options were. Unfortunately, my county has no laws against free roaming dogs, just livestock predation. She said if I could find out where he lived I could press charges for the stock killing, and get reimbursed for them. Or I could shoot him if I ever see him with any stock in his mouth again.

I would check with your county animal control ( EDIT: sorry, just read your last post. That doesn't leave many options. ) and ask what your options are. And while I understand it would truly suck if your county has a policy to automatically euth any pit types, it would still be better than losing your stock.

I hope you can figure out a way to get it settled before your goats start kidding!
    01-19-2013, 05:26 PM
Green Broke
Well if they wont come get him to the shelter or shoot him in the butt with a slingshot or pellet gun, do nothing and the problem will escalate.
    01-19-2013, 05:28 PM
Green Broke
I wouldn't waste my breath on the owner; you gave him a chance and this is how he chooses to act on it.

I would call the police but, be prepared for them to not do very much, if anything.

If would be great, as has been mentioned, if you could find him a great home. Pit Bulls are the first in line for the gas chamber.

I was only going to foster a Catahoula Leopard Cur/Fox Terrier mix but he looked so much like a Pit Bull at, at first glance that nobody would take him. Had I given him up to AC, he would've been put to sleep.

He is without question, the most gentle-natured non-aggressive dog I have ever owned. My cats beat him up and he is a 90 lb dog.

I also agree to feed him and keep him gentled until other arrangements can be made. If you shoo him away, others will do the same and too much of that may possibly put his back against the wall to where his personality completely changes.

Thank you for helping him and best of luck in re-homing him

P.S. Naturally he isn't neutered -- "they" never are and it's most likely why he disappears several days at a time. I'm betting there will be a lot of pups in your area in a few months
    01-19-2013, 05:53 PM
Well... I wouldn't be so generous. You already told him and he obviously doesn't care. You can drop the dog off in person, and let him know that the next time he comes, he's getting shot. That is warning two. Strike out time three.
I have small animals, kids, cats, horses foaling etc. One - I'm not responsible for someone's dog. Two, I don't need to be worried about the welfare of my livestock or family.
    01-19-2013, 05:59 PM
I would just take him into the shelter. I personally would feed him until he got moved. There is no reason the dog should have to starve because the owner is an idiot. Obviously the owner doesn't care that much or he would have the dog in his yard. To me the dog doesn't sound like he deserves to be shot, he sounds fairly nice and that he could have a chance to find a family of his own. He will get fixed at the shelter so that wont be an issue anymore.
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