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  • Can we talk SSS one more time?

    I have neighbors who have 3 dogs and 3 puppies running loose. (Soon to be more puppies, I'm sure ) They cross my farm regularly and have been seen miles from home running about freely. They have killed two of my barn kitties, barked at my horses, and harass/killed my other neighbors chickens. As soon as my kitty was attacked we told the neighbors what happened and they pretty much laughed in our faces. These are not nice people, and been rude/hateful to us since we bought the farm next door to them.

    Tonight one of the dogs crossed the fence and started barking at me for no reason. This makes me very angry! I never allow my animals on their property and expect that they should do the same. (Of course this is not a perfect world and people dont always do as they should).

    There is no animal control in our county and I feel just helpless. I have no problem shooting these dogs, because I feel they are a danger to my animals (and myself). Here comes the big BUT. I have a feeling that if we shoot their dogs, they will retaliate by doing something to our horses, dogs, or even our property. (I repeat these are NOT nice people). Its not like I can do it quietly either, because its hard to conceal a gunshot, and the squealing that often times accompanies it. I'm at a loss and just dont know what to do, but am tired of feeling threatened. As a side note, I've thought about trapping, but these dogs are really wise.

    What would the cothers do in this situation?

  • #2
    I agree that shooting them would probably result in retaliation, considering the kind of people they seem to be. Can you get the sheriff involved?

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    • #3
      Can you catch them and relocate them- preferably to a shelter a couple counties away??? At least there they would be spayed, neutered and hopefully adopted!
      "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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      • #4
        Quietly load the dog in your car, drive it to Animal Control shelter in a neighboring county and surrender it as a stray. That's what I did multiple times with a neighbor's dogs who kept coming over despite our pleas. I don't have the heard to shoot an innocent dog. This way the dogs disappeared and they had at least a chance at a different life.

        The neighbors never even bothered to look for them.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Watermark Farm View Post
          Quietly load the dog in your car, drive it to Animal Control shelter in a neighboring county and surrender it as a stray. That's what I did multiple times with a neighbor's dogs who kept coming over despite our pleas. I don't have the heard to shoot an innocent dog. This way the dogs disappeared and they had at least a chance at a different life.

          The neighbors never even bothered to look for them.
          Yes, exactly. I assume these dogs aren't wild, so get yourself some dog treats and a choke collar and leash, set your anger aside and use your best sugar sweet poopsie-woo doggie speak, catch the dogs and quietly surrender them as strays at FAR AWAY animal shelters. Trapping doesn't have to involve traps, either, lure them into your barn or a stall with some food and shut the door.

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          • #6
            Forget the dog treats. I would make them my buddy with big, cheap cuts of raw meat. And then do what BeeHoney suggests. And use a fake name at the shelter, and at least a few hours away.
            You can't fix stupid-Ron White

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            • #7
              I refuse to give my name when I drop them off
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              • #8
                Agree with catching and taking the dog(s) to a distant shelter. A bit of work and time but it's not the fault of the dogs the owners are morons.
                "Those who know the least often know it the loudest."

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Equine Studies View Post
                  Agree with catching and taking the dog(s) to a distant shelter. A bit of work and time but it's not the fault of the dogs the owners are morons.
                  Good rule of thumb is the 50 mile radius. Never cheat on your spouse or dump the neighbor's dogs at a shelter in this range.

                  Good luck
                  Originally posted by The Saddle
                  Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.

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                  • #10
                    Crossbow.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rustbreeches View Post
                      Never cheat on your spouse or dump the neighbor's dogs at a shelter in this range.

                      Good luck
                      Good rule of thumb I guess?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rustbreeches View Post
                        Good rule of thumb is the 50 mile radius. Never cheat on your spouse or dump the neighbor's dogs at a shelter in this range.

                        Good luck
                        I just got into trouble at work (well not really) laughing out loud at this. Seems like sensible advice.
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                        • #13
                          Yet another vote for catch and release (at a shelter, far far away)

                          If only that would work with the neighbours children!

                          LBR
                          I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

                          R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed

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                          • #14
                            It is 6 dogs though...and I doubt they will stop getting dogs when these 6 vanish. I think you would run out of animal shelters to drop them off at.

                            Can you put up some feild fence where they are mostly likely to cross on to your property to discourage them?
                            Freeing worms from cans everywhere!

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                            • #15
                              Can you run a low hot wire where they're getting through?
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                              • #16
                                RB.... Good rule of thumb is the 50 mile radius. Never cheat on your spouse or dump the neighbor's dogs at a shelter in this range.

                                Too funny and true!!!!! good advice

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                                • #17
                                  I bought a thing called a "Dazer." It's about the size of a TV remote, fits in a pocket. When you press the button it makes that high-pitched noise that dogs hate but we can't hear. I got it when we had a neighbor with loose dogs that acted aggressive when we walked past every morning - it sure did turn those suckers away! It could be a good way to teach the dogs that your place hurts! Stay away! Of course you'd want to avoid using it if your own dogs were around at the time...
                                  I've also used it on horseback - dogs don't normally bother me or my horse but sometimes you get one or two that really act threatening and the Dazer turns them away without doing them harm. The sound didn't seem to affect the horses at all.
                                  Anyway, it might turn the dogs away from your farm and nobody has to be the wiser, no no retaliation...
                                  It's just grass and water till it hits the ground.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Equine Studies View Post
                                    Agree with catching and taking the dog(s) to a distant shelter. A bit of work and time but it's not the fault of the dogs the owners are morons.
                                    no, death in a shelter(near or far) is almost certain...better to spare them that suffering...imo

                                    and legally/morally, one is theft and the other is defending your property from loss

                                    Tamara
                                    Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                                    I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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                                    • #19
                                      The 50 mile radius was shared with me by an amazing farrier in VA! Very, very wonderful guy with quite a bit of good advice!

                                      I would never cheat on Mr. Breeches. It took me kissing a lot of frogs to find him!
                                      Originally posted by The Saddle
                                      Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.

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                                      • #20
                                        If you take them to a shelter in another locale, do not admit they are from another county. Many shelters cannot take animals from outside the county. Say something like you found them on Route X near town Y in the shelter's county.
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