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Loose dogs in the neighborhood – What do you do?

PugThis morning I let the dogs out to do their business like I usually do, but within minutes they were waking up the neighborhood with some very loud (and obnoxious) barking. Shelties are known barkers, but this barking had an intensity to it that I don’t usually hear from them unless it is a runner or another dog.

I raced outside to see both Jasper and Cupcake at the fence barking like crazy at something on the other side of it. I had an inkling what they were barking at as soon as I saw them there, but I walked over to see anyways. Yup. There he was again. The neighborhood stray (I say that with sarcasm). Standing next to the neighbor’s bushes.

The a little black and white Pomeranian-mix has been loose in my neighborhood many times. I’ve come to suspect his owner is either incapable of keeping him from getting loose, or doesn’t give a crap where his/her dog is, or that he has almost been hit by a car in the past. For the past three summers I have seen him running from house to house, marking his territory, disturbing the neighborhood’s dogs by coming to the fence and then running off before anyone can get him to approach them. I’ve tried many times to trick him into approaching me, but he has become to0 wise to the ways of us humans and is determined not to be caught (he doesn’t even stick around long enough for me to lay on the ground or to open a car door).

I know he is making it home often enough to get a good grooming because I have seen him in both long and short hair. He is not a lost or stray dog, but more accurately, a dog who is either let loose to roam the neighborhood or gets loose from his owner all of the time. I just wish I could follow him home so I could speak with the owner and find out why he is always loose. If it is a matter of an owner not knowing how to keep him safe then that is one thing, I am more than willing to offer him/her a few tips, but if it is a matter of the owner just letting him roam then we may have to have words.

There is no reason for this dog to be wandering the neighborhood all of the time. It is annoying and it is dangerous. It could be killed in any number of ways – coyotes have been known to roam the neighborhood, cars drive way too fast down my street, and not all dogs appreciate a little dog coming into their territory. This little dog may run out of luck one day. I can only hope I can find the owner before that happens.

Do you have dogs that roam your neighborhood unattended? Do you have neighbors who do not keep their dogs contained in their yard? What have you done to deal with it? I would love to get your input.

  1. June 9, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Good morning 🙂 I was so glad to hear/read about someone else experiencing the same annoying problem of loose and/or stray dogs in their neighborhood! Please don’t get me wrong ~ not only is it an extremely irritating occurrence, but it is also beyond unsafe for the dog, as you pointed out. Our pack, which consists of my husband Ian, myself, and our 2 three year old Boxer mixes Missy & Buzz, moved from D.C. suburbia to the NC countryside a few months ago, and I am just mind boggled with people’s attitudes towards their pets, especially dogs. There are no leash laws in our current county, and we encounter stray AND loose neighborhood dogs on a regular basis. UGH!

    I’m still pondering on the best approach of how to deal with a situation like this. I’ve made out 2 components, really. The first one “just” concerns the dogs who are at large, as they run the chance of getting hit by a car, bit by spiders or snakes or any insects, or they may otherwise injure themselves. The second one concerns the loose dog AS WELL AS my dogs and myself if we encounter them while out on a walk. As you said, not every dog appreciates getting their space invaded, and you just never know how certain dogs get along with each other. There are so many different factors which weigh into that..first off, there’s the imbalance of leashed vs unleashed dogs, then the loose dog may not have been sterilized (ours both have been neutered and spayed, respectively), which may cause problems, it may host pests such as ticks, fleas, or lice…you name it.

    I always carry a very loud whistle with me, which I have actually used once while out on a walk (still on our street) and being faced with 3 large loose dogs at once. It is a good temporary deterrent. Another option may be to seek “shelter” on a neighbor’s porch or similar area on their property. I always try to be as calm as possible, and not to be overly excited or nervous ~ that would just feed straight down my leash and over to my pups. Sigh. It’s not an easy question to answer, but a really good one!!!!!

    I an effort to gain some insight into this issue myself, I wrote an article about the country dog phenomenon:



  2. June 9, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    We have 3 dogs in our neighborhood what run around unattended very often. We changed our walking route to avoid a meet&greet. The worst is that most of the dogs here are intact and the results are visible some months later….

  3. June 9, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Luckily, we rarely see a loose dog around our area. The other morning I was walking with Katie and Mom on leash when two larger dogs came bounding out of their yard into the street, right to us. We don’t like strange dogs coming at us when we are on leash and I often snap when a strange dog starts to sniff me and I can’t get away. Mom started getting real loud shouting get back, go away, go home. Finally the man came out and called the dogs and then said no worries they are friendly. Mom said well, mine are not and I don’t want anyone to get hurt. He went back in the house and left the dogs out. It was crazy. Luckily, they did not come back out at us. Some people are just idiots. At first we figured they had invisible fencing, but they did not. That is one of many reasons we don’t like invisible fencing. If we know the dogs, we know if they have it or not, but when we haven’t seen the dogs before, you just don’t know.

  4. June 9, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    When we have to be in Utah at Al’s shop, every single dog there is out loose. Drives me crazy! I can’t walk there without being chased. This last time two dogs got ran over. One was seriously hurt, the other killed. The driver never stopped and the owner of the dogs is trying to find information. I feel horrible for the dogs, but…..put them behind a fence for hells sake!

  5. June 9, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    I live in a fairly rural area. There is a black lab, named Sally, who runs loose. I know who she belongs to, and I don’t think they care that much about her. : (

    She is an incredibly sweet, friendly dog. I wish she had better owners.

  6. Sheila Anderson
    June 9, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    A local business owner has two big guard dogs that he let loose to roam. I encountered them twice while out power walking and they would circle me, jumping and barking. I was terrified and their owner just stood there gawking. When I told him to call his damn dogs he told me to “go walk somewhere else”. I reported it and filled out the Dog Complaint form and submitted to the local SPCA. I also stopped walking in my area. SIx months later these same two dogs roamed into our front garden a kilometre away and tore my beloved 18 year old cat to pieces in front of my husband and myself. The authorities did nothing until we involved the police. We took him to court and got a restraining order against the dogs but little was done by anyone else and other dogs run loose in this community still like it was the Third World. Obviously nothing had been done about these dogs following my two complaints and as a result a well loved old cat suffered a terrible death from which we will never recover. We have a little dog and love dogs, too but we’ll never get over this.

    • June 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Oh my God, that is absolutely terrible!! I can’t believe nothing was done about the owner!? He obviously has no knowledge about how to properly handle and train, let alone socialize his “guard” dogs. Something has to happen to him, after all they killed your cat and are a neighborhood nuisance!

      • Sheila Anderson
        June 10, 2014 at 8:04 AM

        Thank you for your empathy. This happened a year ago last December and I still see this jerk and his killer dogs. The SPCA is contracted to do animal control and the whole town thinks they are an ineffective joke. The owner was fined about $1000 (Canadian dollars) which I am sure he charged against his business.Little dogs have been killed in this town in the past year and a little girl was attacked, too.

    • Peri Mason
      June 12, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      That’s so, so sad…I’m sorry that happened to you. I lost my little dog, too, though it took longer. Long story short is that 2 big dogs ran up on us at night. They weren’t aggressive but she freaked out, understandably; I lifted her up reflexively by her harness to keep her from provoking an attack–they looked ready but undecided–and the shearing effect of her harness injured her pancreas…18 mos and 3 bouts of severe pancreatitis later, she was euthanized to keep her form going through it again and again, and because the side effects of a non-functioning pancreas were very very miserable to her. She was only 9, and I’m heartbroken. We live near a “Greenway” and every damned day there are idiots who feel entitled to let their dogs run free; never mind the sings. The get ugly, too, when you say anything. If it’s even a tiny bit of comfort, I know from once having been violently attacked and injured that a creature in that state of adrenalin feels no pain–no brain space is allotted to it because survival depends on not being deterred by it….this turns out to be a mercy for a victim who dies, because it means they die before even realizing the extent of their injuries or feeling real pin. I’m a nurse and have heard this many many times form accident and war victims, too. You lost your sweet old friend, and she lost you, but she did not suffer as you imagine, and she is at peace now.

      December 4, 2015 at 10:16 AM

      I’m sorry bout your cat. I have 5 indoor & feed & had fixed 5 ferral (females were all pregnant, with 5 babies each!! ),and if some asshole (sorry gettin upset here), lets his dog (i love dogs too), shred one of my beloved family members, it’s on,that’ll be one dead dog. One way or the other.

  7. jan
    June 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    I call animal control whenever i see a stray dog and they have picked up many. Our A/C is very responsive. That IS their job. I think I might become quite obnoxious if they didn’t respond. Stray dogs are a danger to themselves, motorists, and humans.

  8. June 9, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    It’s a big problem when dogs are left to roam unsupervised like that. It’s asking for trouble. Luckily in the city that’s not an issue for us.

  9. fredrieka
    June 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Bark at them

  10. June 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Dogs roaming loose here outside of the city limits seems a common thing. It seems no one other than us knows that there’s a county-wide leash law. It drives Vlad and Barkly crazy when some dog has invaded THEIR space. But what do you do–especially when one of the non-law-compliant happens to be a police officer? Vlad and Barkly will just have to continue to depend on Vlad’s barking them away when they’re on our little part of the world when we’re outside.

  11. June 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    I’m having a hard time with a neighbor dog. The dog is actually quite nice and gets along well with my dog, but is never tied and always runs around loose. He’s not neglected, but I fear that he will get hit or that a critter will get him. I have made up to him a bit so that he might come when I call him, and the whole neighborhood looks out for him and tries to get him home. Any suggestions on what to do? I’ve already secured my fence so that he can’t get in.

  12. June 9, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Oh, this makes me nuts! It boggles my mind too, how people let their dogs run loose thinking they’ll never get lost, stolen, hit by cars or attacked by other dogs. So foolish. I like the Whistle idea Barbara mentioned, I must try that. I bristled when a woman whose large dog was loose said “don’t worry he’s friendly”. I retorted “Well maybe mine is not, did you ever think of THAT?” She had no response. Every state should have a leash law in residential areas! Kids are the #1 dog bite victims in the U.S.
    Cathy Armato

  13. Cascadian Nomads
    June 9, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    I agree with Jan. Call animal control. I do it when there are loose dogs in any city neighborhood I am walking in and if I know the address of who is letting their dog out/escape in my neighborhood, I report them to animal control through their online complaint system. It isn’t just the dogs safety that is at stake: it’s a public safety issue. I don’t want to be the one that accidentally hits a loose dog- I would be traumatized forever!!! People with no regard for the safety of their dogs are simply selfish and also have no regard for anyone else, about anything.

  14. Regina
    June 10, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    My neighbor lets his dogs out every day and they run straight over to my property and fence-fight with my very reactive terrier. I’m in the country so there is no leash law, so my only recourse is a good fence (kind of like in the Old West where you had to fence your property to keep other people’s cattle out.) Someday, however, one of the dogs will get over, under, or through the fence and lord knows what will happen. The neighbor is too cheap to invest in a fence. He used to have horses and they would come over too – and defecate in my driveway!! Can you believe that? I’ve spoken to him and he sort-of apologizes but he must not think it’s a real problem because it continues.

  15. June 10, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    We used to have a German Pointer that made the rounds in the neighborhood every morning. Our Tino would great him at the fence and they’d walk the perimeter together…it was kind of sweet actually – morning coffee with the guys at the diner kind of thing. But that’s been years – TIno is long over the bridge and the pointer probably is too. Other than that it’s a rare and unusual event to see dogs loose…thank god.

  16. erinmichal
    June 11, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    We live in an apartment complex just next to a path that goes along a river. We constantly have people taking off leash walks with their dogs. Sometimes they wander up to the apartments-other times it’s neighbors who refuse to use a leash. Most are nice dogs, but I’ve run into a couple who had fear aggression or are just unpredictable. Being a rescue worker, and always armed with a slip lead and whatever other “rescue” supplies I may need, I usually pick up loose dogs and drop them off at the local shelter (even if I know where they live and who they belong to) because they charge about $60 to release a found pet. I like to think that it teaches people a lesson, or gives the dogs a chance at finding a better home if they aren’t being cared for well.

    • June 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      I love what you do. Hopefully it will teach those irresponsible owners a lesson.

  17. June 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    For months before they built a backyard fence, our neighbor would let his dog out the front door to wander freely, come over, crap in our yard, and return home.

    We have another neighbor whose teenagers, I suspect, let the dog loose to crap rather than walk it when their parents aren’t around. Their dog is an Australian shepherd mix, completely untrained, and wild as heck (always looking for something to herd). She immediately sprints to our yard and breaks into the back yard to chase our cats. The front yard of the owners in question is carpeted with dog crap (and when I say carpeted, I mean there are not 3 inches of uncrapped-on yard anywhere), which is why I think they just let the dog run free to crap rather than walking her (and picking up her waste) and they don’t bother to go looking for her if she’s been out for half an hour. If we are walking our cats (on harness) in the neighborhood and she is loose, it’s a disaster. We’ve talked to their owners several times (we often catch the dog and return her home), and their response is, “oh, she’s harmless.”

    Yes, we do have a leash law in our county, and there are coyotes in the neighborhood. The problem is, irresponsible owners like these can give all dog owners a bad name, and their dogs running loose upsets all the dogs in the neighborhood. It’s also been tough on the few parents with small children in the neighborhood. When a dog is charging at your young child, you have no way of knowing if the dog is super-enthusiastic and friendly or in full-on attack mode.Like Sheila, I had a cat killed by a dog once inside my own yard. Our A/C won’t even promise a response within 24 hrs unless a person has been attacked and hospitalized. This isn’t a dog issue, it’s an owner issue.

  18. June 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    We are also in NC and see this all the time. The scariest part being that we are really close to a major roadway where dogs would be lucky to make it across most of the time. I feel bad for the dogs, they deserve better keepers.

  19. Beagles and Bargains
    June 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    We live in an apartment complex, so we don’t have yards. Dogs are required to be on leashes, but there is a handful of people who don’t follow this rule. I don’t think it is a good idea because there are a lot of dogs in our community and not all of them get along. We are also directly adjacent to a major highway.

  20. June 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Reblogged this on Shiloh and Company and commented:
    Excellent questions for an all-too common problem!

  21. June 23, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Hopefully the owners keep a collar on the dog just in case a situation like this occurs. I have found dogs with no collar and it is a grueling process trying to find their home.

  22. Anita Bradford
    April 28, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    We would be one of those irresponsible pet owners, I suppose. But in our defense, we keep our dogs on leashes and in our home, with a little time outside each day. Our problem is that they break loose from us on occasion, like once a week on average. We always get them under control, fairly quickly. We do not have the money for an expensive trainer. We are on the verge of having to get ride of them, because our neighbors hate us and are very rude to our kids. I personally feel that we have terrible neighbors. We do not EVER allow them outside to run loose. Does anyone have any suggestions? Are we really horrible pet owners because they get loose OCCASIONALLY? This is a very troubling situation for us, because we don’t want to have bad relationships with our neighbors.

    • Mel
      April 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      To be honest Anita, I don’t consider once a week occasionally. However, I understand your dilemma. Are they getting away because they pull out of their collars and take off? Or, is there another reason they keep breaking free? A martingale collar or harness should prevent them from escaping if they are pulling out of their collars. I think a every owner should train a recall (e.g., come). Do your dogs like treats? If so, get their favorite ones (or some hot dogs cut into very small pieces) and work on rewarding them for coming when called. Start in the house and then work in the yard while on a longline or long leash. The idea is that they begin to associate “come” with good things.

      If you want more training for your dogs, consider contacting your local animal shelter. They often have trainers who can help for a very low cost and they often offer classes for a low price. If you can’t do that, consider going to your local library and getting a book on training from Jean Donaldson or Patricia McConnell. That’s how I started training my first dog.

      There is always an option before getting rid of the dog. We owe them to try. I would also ask your neighbors for help. Maybe ask them how you could make things better. It could open some doors for you and maybe they would be willing to help you. Good luck! You can do this!

  23. June 9, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    I have this same problem and am fed up with the lack of care of the dogs owner. The dog comes to my yard almost every night to do its business and agitate the dogs next door. I shoo it out of the yard as best as I can and go back inside. A few days ago I was walking home from the store when a group of neighbors on their porch started yelling at me for shooing their dog. I was with my six year old daughter which was the only thing that kept me from engaging with these lowlifes. I am afraid to take any action for fear of retribution. Are there any remote dog training devices (that actually work) which don’t require a collar or device on the dog?

  24. Cyndi
    September 2, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    I just witnessed something horrific:

    A woman was walking her poodle on a leash when my nextdoor neighbor’s pit bull ran out to the sidewalk & attacked her dog. I heard the poodle yelping in pain and the woman screaming help! help! so I ran outside.
    I saw my neighbors pit bull viciously attacking the poor woman’s defenseless poodle & the pit owner’s kids trying to pull him off. They finally (after some time) did manage to pull him away & the poor distraught woman scooped up her injured dog in her arms crying hysterically.
    They took their pit inside while another neighbor came & whisked the woman & her poodle away to check them for injuries & administer 1st aid.

    My neighbor that owns this pit bull (& whom I share a fence with) also has a chihuahua that he lets roam around the neighborhood although he usually keeps the pit bull confined to his back yard or on a leash.
    This pit bull scares the crap out of me every time I see it, growling & barking & lunging against the leash towards me whenever he is out walking it or if I happen to venture too close to the fence when I’m gardening.
    He says “She’s really sweet once she gets to know you” Well, I’ve been here 3 years & this dog continues to bark & growl at me & like it wants to rip my throat out.
    I’m terrified of it & am usually not afraid of dogs, even big dangerous breeds.

    I have chased this neighbor’s chihuahua off my property many times when he comes to do his business here & am surprised my neighbor continues to allow him let him do it.
    I recently planted a new tree & had to surround it with 4 ft chicken wire in order to keep his dog from urinating & defecating on it so it had a chance at survival.
    (We’re not allowed to fence our front yards here)
    My neighbor knows my frustration & still does nothing to prevent his dog from using my yard as a toilet nor does he offer to clean up after him. It’s maddening.

    Maybe now that his negligence has actually caused severe trauma & injury he will finally get it through his head that he has a responsibility as a pet owner to respect his neighbors, keep the community safe & not just let his dogs run around doing whatever they want.

    I love animals, have pets of my own but I am mindful of the laws & respect my neighbors.
    I would never allow my pets do the kind of damage his do.
    I even bring my cats in every night so they won’t wander, get into trouble or disturb others.

    I hope he will learn to do the same.

    • Mel
      September 3, 2015 at 6:43 AM

      OMD Cyndi. That is horrible. That poor woman and poodle (no doubt she will hate all pitfalls now). Your neighbor is being irresponsible. Completely. The sad thing is that a dog that is that dangerous and growls and lunges at neighbors is even in the community at all. That is a bomb waiting to go off, and it did. I hope you will call the local animal control officer and make sure they know about the attack and past behavior. Just so sad for that woman and her dog. This is one of the reasons I am wary walking my dogs in the neighborhood, too many people with their dogs running around in the front yard with absolutely no control over them. Drives me crazy.

  25. Cyndi
    September 3, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    I hear ya Mel..
    Some people have no control over their dogs. When this pit lunges at me my neighbor yells at him to stop it! & yanks him back but the dog pays him no mind whatsoever. It’s obvious harsh language isn’t going to deter this dog from attacking someone if sets it’s mind to it. That’s why I’m terrified of it. The owner hasn’t established himself as the pack leader, lol

    I’ve had my share of big dogs (Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds & even a stray Pit Bull I adopted once but I trained them all to listen to me & mind my commands. There was no pulling me down the street dangling at the end of a leash. They learned to come, heel, sit, stay, lay down, etc. I even trained one of my dogs to “go get in the tub”. He hated getting baths but resigned himself to them eventually when he discovered hiding wouldn’t work, lol

    This neighbor has no control over his scary dog. Luckilly he’s a big guy & is strong enough to constrain him but if the leash snaps, watch out world!

    Sorry you’re afraid to walk your dog in your own neighborhood. If people would just have the courtesy to keep their dogs confined there would be no problem.
    I couldn’t believe what I read in a post above about someone shooing a neighbor’s dog off their property & the neighbors having the gall to get angry about it. Geez!

  26. Lisa Mitchell
    November 23, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    There is a dog that lives to doors down it runs the street all the time it has bitten to people !! I have seen it trying to attack another dog that was walking past on a lead !! I am really afraid that some poor inicent child walking past will be attacked ! I have rang the ranger heaps of times but nothing is getting done !! I think the ranger maybe friends with these people and letting them get away with this !! Some thing has to be done !! It’s a staffy x ridgeback

    • Mel
      November 26, 2015 at 7:22 AM

      That is so frustrating. Will the local police do nothing?

    December 4, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    I have a rude neighbor who just doesn’t have any respect for other people wether it’s his damn dogs in our yard, their other dogs in the back barking & nobody seems to be bothered by the constant barking but me. His loud music is the other issue. I hate to complain, but finally did to my landlady who has told him more than once, but he disrespects her by not stopping. He also has roosters. It has caused issues with my 17 yr old son & him. I try to get along with everybody, but I just turn my TV up or music up. My landlady said if needed, call the police! I live on a dead end str.He’s at the end, & my landlady owns all 4 houses surrounding us. My other neighbor is her brother in law! So you can’t tell me I’m the only one who hears or has the dog issues.But I seem to be the only one who complains.There’s even houses on the other side of him. I believe he’s on drugs because of his late nite,early morning work he does wether it’s sawing,.hammering,riding his ATV in his backyard (because my window faces his backyard).So that’s basically who we’re dealing with. I read you can put down some Cyanne pepper to detere him from coming over, I think I’ll try it. At least his chickens stopped comming over. We put up chicken wire on the black iron gate, but he still squeezes through, and I can’t put it all the way down because that’s where I pull in & out of the driveway. Ok I’ve rambled on enough!!

  28. December 14, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Hi my name is Devonne Adams and I live in San Antonio,TX. There are these people who have 2 pitbulls just roaming around the neighborhood and just barking at people and chasing cars.And some people almost get bitten by them. I usually take a back street to avoid them but they manage to follow me and growl and bark at almost everybody.The neighbors don’t seem to care about their dogs.They can serious hurt somebody and a lot of kids play in this neighborhood.I just hope they have some common sense

  29. Star
    July 3, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    There’s a little Chihuahua that is constantly doing the same thing as well as chasing kids off with her barking, I’ve seen her run in front of cars and have seen a toddler run into the street to get her dog, this little dog cannot be outside when we take our dogs out because she has come at them as well. We have mentioned it to the owners before, however, they didn’t take that lightly. Unfortunately I feel the need to take the issue further by addressing the village and letting them know the situation, it feels bad but I have a toddler of my own who always wants to go pick her up but the dog is always on defense with its teeth out and its loud bark. I never thought I would have an issue such as this with such a small dog!!

  30. Arlene
    July 7, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    I know this is an older post,but I had to jump in&say my piece,also. I have some extremely rude neighbors,who’s dogs are always(and I do mean ALWAYS) loose. Every day. Every night. ALL day&night. No exceptions. They have 2 big,black dogs,who howl&growl at me…in my own yard&sometimes,in my own damn home,via open windows&these selfish,rude people will not make them stop,nor will animal control.(Will the police actually do anything? Does anyone know?) I can’t even go out in my own yard to water my poor,dying shrubs(which are also living beings who depend on me,to care for them),because if I go outside,their dogs harrass me&I don’t feel safe,in my own yard&don’t want to risk being mangled by their dogs. And they also chase vehicles&bark/howl&growl at them,too&are just running loose day&night,in other peoples yards,in the road howling/barking at damn near everything&the owners just do not care&will not keep them in their own yard,or even try. Not once,have I heard them call the dogs/tell them to stop barking/growling at me(or anyone/anything else)&sometimes,they are right there in the yard with the dogs&can clearly hear/see what’s going on. I live in NC&cannot find anything that says what MY rights are as someone who has irresponsible,lazy,bad dog owners for neighbors,or even if there ARE laws about keeping your dogs,in your own yard,kind of thing,only what the dogs rights are. But that’s this world,now days…dogs rights are more important than peoples safety&rights,it seems. Why can’t people just be responsible&courteous anymore&keep their pets to themselves? If I or anyone else,gets bit by one of those dogs,because they won’t take responsibility&keep people&their own pets safe by fencing them in,things are likely not going to be good for the dogs,or the owners&that’s sad for all involved. And BTW,no one else in the neighborhood,behaves that rudely&lazily,they all keep their dogs&other people safe,by either training their dogs,to stay in their yards,or a fence,or keeping them mostly indoors&they sure as heck don’t let their dogs harrass other people in their own yards,or chase vehicles,while barking&howling. If this were ‘back in the day’,those dogs would have been shot at,with birdshot,for tresspassing on someone elses land&not being under the control of their owner&no one would have blinked an eye.(Just saying,not threatening to do it.) Thanks for letting me vent,because I needed to,to keep my frustration in check. I just don’t get some people,these days.

  31. Erica
    July 18, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    our neighbor next door alliws their pitbull to roam freely unattended and tonight my in-laws’ dachshund was attacked. he has to have stitches. what can we do? does texas, waco specifically, have laws in place for this kind of issue?

    • Mel
      July 21, 2016 at 9:41 PM

      I am sorry Erica. I would ask your local county or city what laws they have for dogs gaming off leash in a neighborhood. I am so sorry your in-law’s dog was attacked. How awful.

  32. simone scott
    September 10, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    I’m staying on 55th and grand in 90037 Los Angeles. It got dangerous to walk my own dog.he is mix chihuahua and Labrador but only small.got attacked 2yrs ago and almost didn’t survive. There are multiple pitbulls loose.what can I do

  33. Karina Smith
    September 25, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    I am very tired of cleaning poop from dogs that are not mine. all my neighbors seems to have a dog. next door to me they let that dog out every morning so he can come to my yard. another neighbor he lives in a garage with dog. he let out night time. I know I I put a fence will take care of the problem. but why this people should be responsible for their dogs.

  34. Ashley
    November 23, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    I’m having a very big issue with this bc it’s our neighbors dog, who they let roam the neighborhood, recently he’s been coming into our yard and playing with our dogs, and we’ve contacted the owner MULTIPLE times of his where abouts and that he’s at our house for concern of him being out and being hit by a car or picked up by an owl and or coyotes, the owner has accused us of locking him up and stealing him which is not the case, bc we have taken him home personally MANY times before until we just stopped bc hours later he’d be right back at our door, he’s a small Maltese and we usually give him a bath bc he’s COVERED in flees and always dirty.. I’m at a loss, bc he lets him get out and then gets mad at us for taking care of him and letting the dog stay at our house so he’s not out roaming the streets.. even though we contact him and INFORM him where he is, and he doesn’t ever bother to come get him.. I want the dog, but I do not want to be prosecuted for stealing.. this dog is neglected and always winds up at our back door.. when I took him home yesterday finally about 3:30pm, one of there friends said “I don’t know why you guys don’t just keep him, they wouldn’t notice anyways” meanwhile he was back at our door at around 8pm is there ANY legal action I can take?! I don’t want to keep dealing with this neighbor, and I can’t just ignore the fact that he’s at our backdoor yapping to come inside! HELP!!!!

  35. Stephanie
    November 24, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    There is a presa canario that is rather large and intimidating and keeps getting into my back yard that contains my small Jack Russel and barking during early morning hours. The dog does have a collar and has been roaming the neighborhood off and on for a week. The moment it sees me it runs away and is a breed that is known to be aggressive. So to protect my dog and the small neighborhood children I decided to call animal control. If the owner cared about this dog then they would not let it roam around at all hours bothering other people and not knowing where it goes.

  36. john doe
    December 6, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    same problem, call animal control. issue here is, she only lets her dog out at night when animal control is closed!! wtf, shouldn’t they be 24/7

  37. Mel
    December 30, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    I have a neighbor who refuses to leash or muzzle his little bastard and lets him wander around. I normally would not have a problem with this but, the owner has weak recall, it runs to a great distance and even when I’m not in its damn sight, the moment I take 3-5 steps out of my door (still out of site by the way because of how all of the compkex hoirses arw arranged next to each other) it comes charging around my garage and barkig at me and I don’t often wear thick shoes and clothing so I have to stay still and not get bitten. I have a good relationship with this neighbor or but I’m very tempted to destroy it all especially when HE actually approached me and spoke to me after one of his little bastard’s “attacks” and suggested me to treat this little dickhead to some good small treats, like biscuits or meat (yeah right, the closest thing thats going to treats he’s gonna get is some cheap-ass bad tasting chocolates from my fridge or some expired thrownaway kibble. NOT GONNA HAPPEN! ) Basically he wanted me to appease his pup to compensate for the consequences of his black of or bad training which he should have done properly years ago IF I wanted his dumbass dog to stop harrassing me.

    Disclaimer: I don’t plan to poison the dog, I’m just conveying my reaction whenever I remember how the dog-owner basically wants to pass the responsibility of suppressing his prey drive(?), onto me.

    • Mel
      December 30, 2016 at 1:55 PM

      Note: Typed on my mobile device, hence thw typos.

  38. Derrick Beckwith
    January 11, 2017 at 8:09 PM

    Two dogs roam in my neighborhood Pitbull and another unknown dog almost attacked me didn’t know what to do did not want to shoot them but what should I do

  39. Scott
    April 18, 2017 at 3:44 AM

    I live in a rural area in Croatia with seasonal residents. Here, they let their dogs roam freely and they are not trained to have boundaries – my house is their house. Yesterday on of the free-range dogs came on my property to chase my cat and I reacted by chasing the dog off of the property. The owner was surprisingly behind the dog (he never has been before in 3 years), and he threatened to “put a bullet in my brain.” if I hurt his dog.

    You can’t go to the police here to report that kind of BS. It would just escalate things.

    Dogs want to have boundaries and they look to their owners to provide them. When their owners are morons, it’s a sad thing for the dogs. I love dogs and cats. I would never touch his dog, but now (apparently) his dog is a more valuable life-form than me.

  40. Pixi
    June 19, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Im having the same situation with a Pomeranian that will chase and bark at me and my German Shepherd while we are walking so we have to run away cause it will chase us down the street. I have to fight my dog not to kill it because it looks like a squirrel and is antagonizing my dog so she wants to get it and sometimes it’s hard to fight her. Scraped my knees many times. I went to the the owners house and told them if the dog didn’t stop doing this, I’m calling animal control cause it’s unacceptable to think it’s okay to let your dog roam free just because it’s a small dog. They’re lucky it hasn’t been killed yet

  41. Sylvia
    September 2, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    I would like to know what steps can be taken to ensure he is leashed by his owners and if not where to go from there

  42. Mer
    October 4, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    I would like to speak as someone who owns a pom. Occasionally, my dog gets out past my father (who is elderly, almost blind and physically disabled). This happens while I am at work. I do not let my dog roam free but I am sure that is how it looks from any neighbor’s point of view. My father tracks him down but he is slower then what the dog can run especially if my dog is alerted to people or other animals walking down the street. I can’t speak for anyone else, but it would definitely be nice if the neighbors understood that if and when it happens, it is not intentional or from lack of negligence on my part. My animals are licenced, up to date on all their shots and are fed good food and are well groomed.

    I do not want my animals hurt by getting hit by a car, but What am I suppose to do? Lock up my dad so he doesn’t’ t open the door? Lock up my dog so he doesn’t get out even if my dad opens the door? Is there an easy solution?

  43. fed up of nosey neighbors.
    October 12, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    My parents owned 4 dogs before they got separated last year, and they would always escape. Running after them would be a waste of my time because they are faster than me and I would never catch them, so I waited for them to come home. The best thing to do is either 1. bring your dog inside if you are scared. 2. attempt to catch the dog, put it on it’s leash, and walk it back to it’s owners house (my dogs usually didn’t run from strangers). 3. Ignore them. Why do y’all care? Dogs are friendly, especially bulldogs and border collies (we had 2 of each). There is nothing you need to worry about unless it’s trying to chew on your stuff, if that’s so, make it go away, run after it. Dogs ALWAYS end up coming home after a few minutes to an hour. You’re wasting your time calling the police and getting all b*tchy about it. No one likes a neighbor who too involved. Worry bout’ yourself.

    • Mel
      October 18, 2017 at 6:50 AM

      Or #4, don’t get a dog if you can’t responsibly care for them, keep them safe and under control. I’d opt for #4.

  44. October 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    YES! What do I do when MY!dog, a deaf English pit bull, pushes under the fence and gets hurt or hurts the Doberman that runs free? I LOVE my dog enough to have spent a lot of money on a huge fence… BEFORE I let her run around unleashed. I’ve NEVER let my dog out unleashed. She’s deaf, there are way too many dangers for her to run free, even if she weren’t deaf I wouldn’t let her run free. MY dog would probably be sentenced to death because she’s a pit bull. What do I do? I don’t want to call animal control, end up making enemies with the neighbor, then they get mad and retaliate by poisoning my dog or harming her in some way. I dont know what to do? I’m only paranoid because people are crazy. I dont know what to do. Help? Any ideas?

  45. Jdesiree
    November 29, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    Ok so my dog is an escape artistes have a big fenced in backyard but my dog finds his way out of everything he got out the backyard this morning.. got out of his dog cage this morning and just now got out the backyard again tonight and it’s pitch black dark outside Ive looked around the neighborhood but I can’t find him anywhere! what should I do ?

  46. Felicia Mays
    December 7, 2017 at 6:52 AM

    This morning I was taking my daughter to her bus when I saw two dogs roaming the neighborhood one look like a pitbull brown stripped, the other one was black and white my daughter almost missed her bus because of it, I also have another daughter that has to walk up the street from our house to catch her bus, she likes to go ahead of me, the dogs are still roaming as far as I know, in my neighborhood it’s a lot of kids including my own, it’s maybe a little harder for kids to fight off a dog bigger,or 🐕 s bigger than themselves this is a big concern for me, cause it seems like to me that everywhere you live it seems to be the population of more 🐕 s than there are people, that worries me about my kids safety in the community that I live in I’m not the only parent that takes her kid to the bus stop.(what do I do whenever I see a dog or 🐕 s roaming my neighborhood?)

  47. Sylvia Beckman
    April 1, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    There are two loose dogs (pit bulls) sitting on a porch without a leash barking at everybody that walks up and down the street. The location is the NE corner of Flanders and Park Drive. The house is a little yellow one right on the corner. 12500 block of Flanders.

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