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post #1 of 8 Old 12-05-2013, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Loose Neighborhood Dog

So where I live, there aren't a whole lot of fences, and there are a few neighborhood dogs we've seen off and on, but most of them stay right near their home. We do have an intact male rottweiler though, that comes around marking stuff around our house, making messes in our yard, and being in general a nuisance. He seems to be nice enough, though really dumb, so aggression isn't an issue, but he does just stand in the middle of the road, and some day someone's gonna get hurt (lots of people on motorcycles come through). He has a collar, but no tags, other than goopy eyes, and sounding a little stuffed up, he looks healthy, so I can't claim neglect as a reason to call someone out.

So my question is, what are the laws, and what can I do? I hate reporting people (though I've done it before), so I hate the idea of calling someone out just because this dog wanders around, but it's starting to get annoying. As our dog can be aggressive, I have to be really careful to make sure that dog isn't around when I take our dog out, and while it isn't the end of the world, it's still annoying to have to change my schedule based on when the dog is running around. If you were in my position, what would you do? Ignore it, call someone out, or something different? Our neighbor supposedly figured out who the owner was and talked with him one day, and the guy seemed to not care what his dog did, or where his dog went, and as the dog is all over the place, we have no idea who owns him, and what house he's from, so talking to the owner isn't an option.
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-05-2013, 07:17 PM
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If he's nice, maybe pick him up and take him to a shelter?

I'd try to at least contact the owners and tell them what's going on, if you can find out who they are.

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post #3 of 8 Old 12-05-2013, 07:22 PM
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Can't you call Animal Control to come pick him up? That's what we do around here is we can't find the owner.

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post #4 of 8 Old 12-05-2013, 10:04 PM
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Is there a leash law in your area? If so, there is reason enough to call someone.

Watch the dog one day and find out who his owner is. Talk to the owner.
If they don't do something or seem unconcerned, call animal control and be sure to tell them who the owner is.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-05-2013, 10:55 PM
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Try and talk/find to the owner and see where that goes. If it turns out that he/she really doesn't care take the dog to the shelter or call animal control if you still can't find them. I'm like you and I hate to report people because their dogs roaming. (The only other thing I can think of that I would do would be taking him to a vet and getting him cut.... but that might be more time, money and effort then your willing to spend right now ) Best of luck to you!
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-09-2013, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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I think he lives up the hill somewhere, but as he goes all over the place it's really hard to pinpoint what house is "his". He seems sweet enough, just not sure what humans are for lol. I pet him the other day and while he was happy, he kind of had a confused look on his face like "why are you paying attention to me". If our dog wasn't a scaredy cat, and apt to bite other dogs, I'd seriously consider taking him, but our place is too small, and we really don't have the finances to add another dog to our family right now. I'll see if I can catch the neighbor, and ask him who the owner is, and failing that, I'll just call animal control, and let them deal with the situation. At least then he'd hopefully have a chance at finding a better home where someone cares about him, and gets him fixed. He's definitely not breeding material, he's got some major conformational faults that may give him problems later in life poor guy. So I'm sure it's a case of owner doesn't want to spend the money, or thinks it's unmanly, or just plain doesn't care about getting him fixed. So I hope that there aren't intact females around that he's gotten pregnant. Thanks for your opinions.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-07-2014, 10:18 AM
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I live in the country but my two dogs keep everything ran off around here other dogs or what have you.Maybe that's an option let your dog run it off
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-12-2014, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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My dog wouldn't stay in the yard lol. She'd just run off herself. And she's not very dog friendly, or people friendly, so leaving her outside unsupervised is not an option. She did end up going after him a few weeks ago, I wasn't paying attention, walked out the front door with her, and she ran to the end of her leash, and snapped at him. He ran off, but was back at the front door two days later. He has also followed us on walks, so I don't think my dog scares him enough. I called animal control and just let them know he was wandering around, so they'll make sure to do some drive by's, but I doubt even if they see him they'll be able to catch him. He's a pretty shy dog, and it's taken a bit to get him comfortable enough to not run when I walk outside, but he still doesn't come right up either. He wanders a pretty big area, so I do try and watch and see if I can see a common place he spends more time at, but no luck so far. Animal control told me that it would be easiest if I either found his address, or was able to catch him myself and contain him so they can pick him up. Honestly though if I do that, I'd much rather put up "found dog" posters first, and figure out who the owner is, and talk with them, THEN call animal control the next time he's out. There is a leash law, and with his chasing cars and standing in the middle of the road, it's a big safety hazard, so we'll see what happens. I definitely think he wouldn't wander as far if he were fixed, but being intact, I'm sure he's spending a lot of time trying to find females.
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