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    02-05-2013, 10:51 PM
You can do a few things. You can call animal control and have them pick up the pup. If they are friends they still will get sick of it after the second or third call. In addition, you usually have to pay a fee to get your dog back. Most folks find that the novelty of that wears out.

You can make a report to the police department. There are laws about harassment and if the dog ever does anything like kill livestock or bite a child it establishes a mode of operation and history. That alone, can make a difference in how the dog is handled. A dog that bites a child with no history is treated differently than a dog that bites a child and has a history of chasing/harassing wildlife. It also means that the court treats the owner differently. In one case the owner may not know the dog has this aggressive tendency, in the other case the owner knows and ignores it.

You can let your horse handle it. If the dog does hurt your horse you can sue them and have them handle the vet care. I have seen that done. That may not mean much if the dog is any good at his job. Lets face it, chasing your horse is just practice and the more he chases the better he gets. Which means he could really hurt your horse. It may be as easy as explaining to your neighbor how expensive equine health care is. Ie this is how much an emergency call would be. This is how much a tendon injury would cost. This is how much a lease horse of the same training/skill level would be because I have to lease a horse because your dog prevents me from using my horse in these activities. Etc.

You can shoot the dog, but that can be easier for some than for others. I spend a portion of my work day euthanizing animals and honestly don't want to kill pets in my time off. In most states, killing a dog that is chasing your livestock is protected by law. Particularly if you have an established history of communication with the owner.
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    02-05-2013, 11:06 PM
One negative point about going after the dog owner for vet bills is the mess you'll have to wade through in order to get that money. They aren't responsible enough to keep the dog contained, I promise they won't take responsibility for the damage their dog could inflict.

You'd have to go to court and even if you are awarded the money, payment on those vet bills will be extremely slow. You would have to cover your butt so thoroughly to prove their dog did it, it'd be ridiculous.

Just get rid of the dog. If you don't shoot it, relocate it. If you're lucky, the dog won't have a tracker chip in it and the shelter will rehome it to someone more responsible or euth it themselves. It will be fed and cared for in a shelter until either or happens.
    02-05-2013, 11:12 PM
I'd shoot.
Isn't one dog out there that is worth the potential risk to my livestock.
    02-05-2013, 11:25 PM
Green Broke
If I'm riding, the dog gets chased down and runs tail-between-legs. Next time with same dog, he's backed off as soon as I turn my mare to face him. Next time he's on the road I'll be chasing him right up to the property's front door and letting them know I plan to shoot the dog (public road that he ALWAYS goes on) or I'll drag him to the shelter as a stray with a muzzle on. He's tried to bite us/our horses more than once, and I'm over having to try and kick him from my saddle.

Loose dog in the pasture (or any harassing animal) gets shot. It isn't tolerated, flat out.
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    02-05-2013, 11:33 PM
Thanks everyone for getting back with me so quickly.
I'll double check what the local laws are regarding dogs and livestock.
I never would have thought about a bb gun being considered abusive...

I'll see if the local shelter will do stray pick up first, save my time & gas.
If not, it'll be the next county over.
Although if my horse takes care of things for me before I get out there, well, there's nothing I can do about that.
Hopefully it'll be done with soon, regardless of the end result.

Thanks again.
    02-05-2013, 11:44 PM
Green Broke
Differnt states, different laws, yeh its screwey, the animal cruelty laws in Virginia basically say you can't hurt a dog unless law number 123 applies,
Go to law number 123 and it says you can "KILL" a dog chasing or harming live stock,
Guy near me shot a dog killing his chickens with birdshot, then like a idiot ran his mouth when the cops were called and admitted he only wanted to hurt the dog not kill it, that's why he used bird shot.. That statement got him found guilty and stuck with the vet bills, If he had used buckshot or a rifle and said he was tryign to kill it, woulda been all peachy king. Goes to show Shoot shovel shut up, especially to the cops.
    02-06-2013, 12:26 AM
I wouldn't punish the dog for the sins of the owner.

I live in town, and I've had many cases of dogs being in my yard, this is a problem for me because my leashed dog who is at my side is very dog aggressive.

I speak to my neighbors, most of them then control their dog. Those that do not, I call the police and have them round up the dogs.
    02-09-2013, 07:05 PM
My neighbor's dogs do the same darn thing and they refuse to keep their dogs put up so I got a Jenny
When the dogs would come she would give them a very loud warning. It's been two weeks now and no more dogs.
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    02-09-2013, 08:06 PM
I generally don't get hot & bothered if a dog comes wandering into my propertyIf they wander in & wander out big deal, find no reason to make a fuss. If they make it a habit or try to chase my horses, then a simple call to bylaw office & they are out there giving dog owner notices & fines if there is no compliance they will impound the dog.
    02-09-2013, 09:11 PM
I do not tolerate dogs chasing livestock.
I agree with the three S's.

My brothers ex-FIL wasn't so secretive, he would knock on the door and hand the dog collars back to the owner.

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