How to keep aggressive dog OUT of pastures???
I'm sure this has happened to a lot of people, but this is unfortunately just the last unpleasant incident to happen to my farm this year -
I'm out of town for 2 mos - my mom just called to say that the neighbor's dog, who is usually chained up but sometimes runs loose, climbed up our 5'' no climb wire and board fence, and had a frienzied run at the horses for about half an hour - 2 small ponies and a 29 yo with a massive heart condition, who isn't even supposed to trot. The dog loved it and clearly will do it again if given the chance.
The owners said it was a mistake that he was out, and they'll keep him chained, but he's out lots, and has run down to our farm before, and they were not very worried about the whole thing. How on EARTH do I keep him out? The animal control in my area has been useless and less than helpful in every other situation I've dealt w/ them, and I don't want to antagonize neighbors that share a large boundary w/ my pasture.
I also have a small goat that lives in a pen by the house - I'm TERRIFIED about this situation w. her. This isn't a vicious or bad dog - he's young, goofy and kept chained all day on the other side of the fence, so when he's loose he goes nuts. But if he gets them running, who knows what he'll do.
Can I put up hotwire in some way that will keep him out, when he is able to climb up the fence? Not even getting into the fact that I can't afford it?
This comes a month after someone purposely bulldozed 100 ft of my stout, 5'' mesh wire and white pine fence, and my horses were running down the hwy all night.
And about 3 years of a variety of neighbors trying to cause harm/damage to my horses, w/ the police and animal control never lifting a finger.
I plan to move this summer, and wish I could sue someone for the fact that I am unable to use my property.
But UNTIL THEN, does anyone have any tips on now to keep this dog out? A strand of hotwire on the very top of the fence? Anything?
Thanks very much for any input, and for listening to my rant, I am just sick right now, and not home to be able to even help!