Problem With Neighbor - My Dog's Life is in Danger!

I have never gotten along with the renter next door for one reason or another. But, now, he has taken his cruelty out on something else - my dog! He is purposely leaving chicken bones in his backyard to attract my dog over, hoping that she will choke on one of them! How horrible is that? I have no idea what to do, it's not like it's against the law, so I really can't call the police, but something needs to be done or my dog might choke on one of these bones! But, please keep in mind this guy hates me with a passion and will do anything to hurt me or my dogs! Please help quick! Thank you!

Kelly

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

"He is purposely leaving chicken bones in his backyard "

and why is this a problem?? Does YOUR dog go into HIS backyard???

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

If, as Beanygurl suggests, your dog is going IN HIS backyard, you are the one at fault.

If, as I suspect, he is leaving them at the fence, but not in your yard, contact your local Humane shelter, ASPCA, Rescue Leqgue, Animal Control. etc.

I do not know where you live, but almost ALL municipalities forbid animal cruelty, which includes deliberately attempting to poison or injure pets.

Also, goto http://www.bestfriends.org and contact their "network' for suggestions.

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

Do you live in town? Maybe you need to pen or chain your dog, or keep him indoors unless you can be near him to keep him safe. Most towns have a leash law to protect both the pet and neighbors!

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

My dog is always on a leash when I walk him, and he has a fenced in yard. I would suggest that you keep your dog in an enclosed area.

Where I live, it is the law that you keep your animal on a leash, or in an enclosed area.l

Good luck!

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

As other have stated, if your dog is going in his backyard than the solution is preventing that from happening. Because you neighbor isn't going to stop if he doesn't like you and there is nothing legally wrong with what he's doing. in fact, he probably could legally shoot your dog if it came on his property. So be very careful and find a way to keep close tabs on your dog. Maybe if you outline your living situation... how big your yard is, how far away his is, etc, we can offer some ideas on how to keep your confined to your property without spending a bunch of money and ideally without tying up your dog, which can be dangerous. I lived in the country and building a fence around property, other than a simple fence for horses, wasn't really done by anyone. And we all had dogs, so I can imagine some settings where a dog may wonder a bit but in an urban setting it's very important that dogs stay on your property both legally and for safety reason (for the pets and people).

I should also add that we all knew eachothers dogs and got along well...

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

The other folks are right. YOUR dog is in HIS backyard. In my town, your dog would be considered "dog at large"...if it were in my backyard, I would be calling the dog warden. The warden would pick the dog up and fine you. If you didn't pick the dog up within a specified period of time, the dog would be euthanized.

In rural areas, if a dog so much as WORRIES livestock, it can be deemed as being a threat...a dangerous dog warrant can be signed and the dog euthanized.

OR....if the dog is found on your farm, the landowner is within legal rights to shoot the dog. That may sound strange to city folks, but that is how it is. Livestock running scared can be more than dangerous and we don't need someone's dog spooking horses, cows and eating our chickens.

I would urge you to keep the dog in your house or in your own yard if he is quiet. At best, on a leash. I am sure you don't appreciate the feedback you are getting, but with so many problem dogs in our area, we have had to maintain a 'get tough' attitude.

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

My Daddy always feed his dog chicken bones and has done it for over sixty years. In turn when I had a dog I would treat the animal to chicken bones. We have never had an animal to choke on any bones. I think choking on chicken bones is a rare occurence. Your dog has not choked yet so what is the odds.

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

Kelly,

Did you try talking to the person? Maybe you guys can smooth things over somewhat via communication however rigid it might be. Do you know why he/she dislikes you? Is there anything you can do or say to help pacify and comfort your neighbor so as to facilitate dialog? Remember, what is at stake here is your dog - very, very important for those of us who actually OWN dogs on this board and don't post things merely coming out of their mean, angry-at-the-world, asses.. Newsflash: My DOG warned my NEIGHBOR of ensuing fire in his garage about 2 yrs ago thus saving his property and potentially his life.

Additionally, for those who can't read on this board, here's something to wrap your brains around: .."to attract my dog over"..Get it yet?

Secondly, I would definitely table this with the ASPCA. ANIMAL CRUELTY IS MUCH WORSE THAN YOUR DOG GOING ON SOMEONE'S BACKYARD!

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

Chicken bones are safe for dogs if they are uncooked. They can chew them right up. After they are cooked they can splinter but not when they are raw. Are these raw or cooked bones?

Susan at ThriftyFun

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

Of course I read "to attract the dog"... but there is NO AND I MEAN NOOOOOOO WAY to prove that so who cares? Maybe his cats like chicken bones. Even if it were 100% true, it doesn't matter. Seriously... this isn't some fantasy world where the guy is going to jail for having chicken bones in his back yard. Lets be practical and not get wrapped up in their drama. And again... there is nothing wrong with leaving chicken bones or just about anything you want in your backyard. Call the humane society and what will they say? Keep your dog out of that guys backyard. Prior to that bit of fantasy your post was golden, though. The best bet is to develope at least a workable relationship with your neighbor.

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

So many variables here....your dog is your responsibility but if he is leading the dog to the egde of his domain with bones and you are afraid he may harm your dog if you are not in sight then I would invest in an invisible dog fence.....you can get the kind you bury the wire or you can get the kind that send out a signal to a certain distance....either way if you set it up it great for all parties.....the dog if trained as the video tells you to only gets minimal discomfort and is greatly protected...so are you and your neighbor won't be bothered either.......you can even get the type that you control so you can reprimand barking if that is an issue......all minds at ease then the dog will stop being the center of the war and maybe you and the neighbor can either learn to get along or learn to ignore each other with out making the dog a victim........

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

How, praytell, do you even know that he even HAS chicken bones in his backyard?!? I don't know what MY neighbors keep in THEIR backyards because I don't look. Are you also going in your neighbor's backyard? If so, add tresspassing to the list.

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

My dog is a beagle. He's an inside/outside dog, because I live in a rural area where deer, raccoons, opposums, etc., etc., may appear at my back door at any time...things that may harm him, or the other way around. My dog is like a child to me, and there's no way that I want any harm to come to him, therefore, He goes out on a leash to do his 'business'. We also go for long walks in the woods which is very good for him and great exercise for me. When I'm working in my yard, he's off his leash, but I always know where he is. It's like having a small child...always knowing where he is. Obedience training from you or a school is VERY important! If I can't see him, I'll say, "Buster, come!" When he does, I make a big "to-do" and really praise him for being so good.

I don't know the 'whole picture', but there is no reason for your dog to be in someone's back yard without permission or your' being with him.

Maybe we'll see you on 'Judge Judy", or "Judge Joe Brown'?

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December 9, 20040 found this helpful

My Dog Queenie died from Chicken bones I accidentaly left in the worng garbage can. They cut up her gut & she bled to death.

Another dog named Nuisance quite a while back died the same way from eating a live chicken so we lost 2 animals at the same time.

The neck bones crumble,they are much safer,also the breast bones.It's the wing,rib & drumstick bones that kill them.We also bite off the cartilage at the ends of the bones,chop it up & give it to the pets along with what ever skin we don't eat.

Do you know anybody who actually Likes this guy who can maybe talk to him For you.

Also Keep your dog inside,take him on a leash to do Business . I honestly don't care when Mine go in my yard. But when the neighbors dogs come over & do the same my poor 2 go Bonkers . I just cover it up with leaves or Pine needles & let nature take it's course,though I do rake it way under a tree if it's in the pathway & have been known to put baking soda based carpet freshener over really stinky piles.

I have chains on several tree to tie mine up temporarily as one of them really likes to roll in the dirt & sometimes I just don't have time to stay if it looks like bad weather is coming or I"m in a rush to go somewhere. I hook her up for a few minutes while I dash around the yard doing a few chores & bring her back in when we're both done. Don't put chain too tight on tree ,it could gird the tree & kill it. & of course don't leave the dog tied like that for more than a few minutes while you dash around the yard or in & out of the house.

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December 21, 20040 found this helpful

If it were me , My dog would not be running loose, He would be on a short chain& would remain on his own propertywhere he belongs.You are endangering the dogs life by letting him run loose.

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December 26, 20040 found this helpful

I have to agree with Helen. Keep the dog tied in your own yard. A dog that is not leashed or tied is in danger of more than just chicken bones. That seems like a "duh" to me.

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January 3, 20050 found this helpful

my dog was shot by the man who lived next door (in a rural area) he had chickens. one of other people who lived across the road Also had a dog who loved to chase the chickens and accually killed 2 of them and the man next door thought it was my dog who had killed his stupid chickens but my dog is scared of every thing and he would'nt go near the things, even on a leash! well my dog slipped away on evening an ended up shot and he was'nt even on his property my dog was in our yard back in the weeds!!! some people are just ass h&*$s!!!!!

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January 4, 20050 found this helpful

Move.

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January 19, 20050 found this helpful

I sympathize w/your plight. It is a bit tricky, especially if there are no fences and your dog is in the neighbors yard, but I had a problem with kids from next door throwing bones and other dangerous things into the yard. They thought it was fun and my dog didn't like them very much because they teased her. I contacted the local police station. Most have a Community Liaison. That's what it took for me.

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February 14, 20050 found this helpful

get a fence

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February 14, 20050 found this helpful

Keep your dog on a leash when walking him. And keep the fence locked and check for bones prior to releasing your dog into YOUR yard. I'm saying this on the ASSUMPTION (I know ridiculous of me) that you are a responsible owner and have a leash and a fenced in area for your pet and don't allow him to go into your neighbor's PRIVATE property. But of course, you wouldn't do that.

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March 15, 20050 found this helpful

You people kill me! If it were a child every one would be on the side of the parent. However those of us who choose to have a pet are punished! Would you pin or chain up your child? Well that is how we feel about our pets. It is sad how boundary driven we have become. Do you attempt to stop birds from landing in "YOUR" yard. Get real! Kelly... hang in there sometimes pet owners have to be the better person and rearrange your lifestyle to those who do not understand the love of a pet. Unfortunately, we live in a society where locking up people and pets are supposed to make it better. I believe that if your pet is in danger you should do every thing possible to protect him or her. My goal is to one day own enough land for my boys to roam with out pesky neighbors. Until then I must tolerate them.

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June 29, 20050 found this helpful

I have a dog next door to me that killed one of my dogs in there yard. The Dog Catcher said, "Sorry, we can't do anything about it because it's the nature of the dog. This dog is always loose at night and early mornings. It has no tag what-so-ever. The people that lives next door to me is always mean to it, and beats it. But I can't prove it because it's my word against theres. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this dog so it won't hert a child or an adult. I called the Sherriff and they said the same thing as the dog catcher did.

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June 29, 20050 found this helpful

You should take better care of your dog. If he's a big dog and needs space to run you need to find him a new home where he has the space as we once had to do. If he's not that big, make a clothes line run for him where he stays in his own yard when outside. You are only asking for trouble not to do so. He has no right to trespass next door. You need to accept more responsibility for your pet. If you are mature and truly love him, you will do this. I know I sound tough, but you sound irresponsible

and looking to blame some one else for the problem you created by not tending to it. Please do so for the health of you pet.

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July 14, 20050 found this helpful

I had a little japanese chin and it was on a chain out to the back door and the neigbor's rot came over and killed her. The trouble is I have another one and I am afraid to let her go out now. What can I do?

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