We put up a fence all around our yard. Put it 6 inches off the line. Our neighbor added onto our fence without asking us. They have 5 to 6 dogs that jump onto our fence. How can I get them to cut off our fence? They have pitbulls and I have a 5yr that likes to be outside but I'm scared that the dogs will jump over our fence. I have talked to them but I get nowhere. What can I do?
rebelbuddy1963 from Statesville, NC
If your neighbors are totally uncooperative, and you've tried your very best to straighten out this problem. Your last resort might have to be small claims court.
Your first stop should be the town/village hall to find out what regulations there are regarding fence building -and if they violated those regulations when they added on to your fence - and what your rights are in regards to control over the other side of the fence, and those 6 inches.
I agree.. call the Township Hall or Village hall, depends on the size of
your town. We had problems with a neighbor and the hall was glad we called as they had other complaints and were letting them mount
up as ammo in court. Even the smallest thing helped. Call!
There also might be an issue with the pitbulls being a danger to your 5 yr old - Please check with locel government about this, too.
Don't wait to contact SOMEBODY about those dogs!! AFTER they come over and attack it'll be too late. The fence is the least of your problems.
A neighbor did that to us once(after my father refused him permission!). A lawyer said that made the neighbor responsible for the upkeep of our fence and liable for any injuries anybody might suffer from our fence. He also said that after 9 years we could make a claim on his property.He also wouldn't be able to sell his home until he can prove he had permission in writing that we allowed him to do this. Check your state law, it may be online.
Our city says neighbors have a right to dogs in their own fenced back yard, even if they bark all the time. I'd imagine, though, that being pitbulls with a history of being aggressive, the city will have a talk with them for you first, but be prepared to have to possibly add hog-wire to the inside of your own fence
for the child's safety, in case the break through. Their jumping ONTO the fence doesn't mean they can jump OVER the fence, but if it's frightening the child and you, I'd imagine the city needs notification and a chance to resolve it for you. Also call the local animal control dept. for any suggestions, ordinances against them, since there are several of the dogs. Good luck, God bless and watch over you and your
family. : )
Contact your local code enforcement. They are not allowed to build on your property and if you let them, they can go and homestead it as theirs after a said amount of time. Also there should be a barking ordinance in place in you state or county. I would not let child out when dogs are out until this is solved.
I know that in our area, one MUST have an insurance policy for each pit bull owned. Check to see if such a law in on the books in your area. If they own five of them, chances are they don't have liability insurance. At least they may think twice about having them. My husband is a mail carrier and is quite experienced in protecting himself against aggressive dogs, but a pit bull got him just the same. Luckily, he wasn't hurt badly, but he still needed stitches and a shot. Please don't wait too long to see about this.
Usually one must obtain a building permit to put up a fence. Did you? Did your neighbor?
Cut to the chase and consult a lawyer.
Editor's Note: Many places do not require a building permit for fences, you will need to check with your local authorities about that.
I highly recommend that you talk to an attorney, very soon, about the fence. Most of them charge little or nothing for the initial consultation, and you can find out what your legal options are. The worst thing is to do nothing - after a certain period of time which varies by state - the neighbor can claim your property that they have appropriated for their own use.
Did you have your land surveyed? Did he? That would be first, to prove his fence is actually on your land. Then I would talk to the city. Even in a small town like we live in we had to have a permit to put our fence up and we had to prove it was on our own land. The city should contact your neighbor. If that doesn't work, then your next course is an attorney. You may have a legal right to cut it loose from yours.
Pitbulls, if raised properly, can be excellent pets. But if your neighbor is dumb enough to encroach on your property, he probably isn't smart enough to train them properly. Good Luck!
In some cases pit bulls make nice pets but national stistitics show they are THE dogs responsible for the most deaths. Rotts are next. You can't argue with that even though people do. In some communities there is a limit to the number of dogs you can have. They cannot build onto your fence so see a lawyer. I suspect these are problem neighbors all the way around and if there is ant possible way, I would see about moving. If they rent their house then by all means complain to their landlord. You shouldn't have to put up with these inconsiderate people.
Sorry, Ann. Your facts are not right. You hear about them more simply because little dogs bites do not cause much damage. I own several rotts. Any pet can be dangerous if not trained properly.
Maybe it's a good thing the neighbors added to the fence since you're concerned about their dogs? Dogs are always curious about what is on the other side of the fence, and they will bark even if they want to play. Tell your child to stay away from the fence so the dogs won't get excited. Do the neighbors exercise these dogs. They require long walks every day (on a leash). The dogs aren't breaking the law if they are on their own side of the fence, but if you have concerns, you will have to talk to an attorney. It's best to be friends with your neighbors always. Sometimes neighbors need each other.
Check with your local Council to see if your neighbours are registered licensed breeders and the number of dogs allowed on property in your area. You can not tell people the breed of dogs they can have but certain breeds are not the best pets to have in residential areas.
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