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Creeker

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#1
Oct 25, 2007
 
Can someone in the know give me some info on Carter County leash laws. Got a neighbor whose dogs has caused me problems for years. I'm tired of it and would like to know what actions I can take legally.
Thank you.

Since: Oct 07

Franklin, TN

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Oct 25, 2007
 
Tennessee state law sec. 44-8-413 says dog owners are strictly liable for dog bites and other losses caused by a dog that occur when the dog is not under reasonable control on the dog owners premises, or when it is running at large off the premises(which is your property!) hope that helps you out a little bit!
Creeker

Jonesborough, TN

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Oct 25, 2007
 
I wish they could be liable for my families loss of sleep.
I've been dealing with this for 3 years. They had an old dog that would come behind my house and bark its head off. I had tried running it off, shooting it with BB's, hitting it, but it kept coming back. It was loud enough from their yard to disturb my kids at night. That dog finally died and I thought it was over. NOT!!! They got another dog that looks the same and acts the same. I get their trash in my yard, I get to hear the dog bark at the moon and I'm fed up with it.

Back in the summer, something must've happened. They put the dog on a leash(at times). Good, right? WRONG! The leash(cable) was so long the dog could come halfway across my back yard. I had to say something at that point. It would walk up to the kids play area and scare them. It never went after them, but I don't like it around them. I have seen it's aggression. Anyway, the took one section of the leash out. I noticed the other night, when the dog comes out growling and barking at me, he still comes about 10-12' into my yard. He woke me again this morning barking at nothing.
Other times he's seen running around the neighborhood off his leash.
How do you deal with someone who just don't care what their animals do? I don't understand how they can sleep through these episodes of barking fits.
This is not the only problem I've had with my neighbor, but I think I can deal with the rest of it, if the dog wasn't an issue.
up da creek

Knoxville, TN

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Oct 25, 2007
 

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Well, WHITE TRASH is just that with her legal advice.

She(or he)cites a newly adopted state liability law regarding dog bites with regard to negligence. There are so many exceptions, including ambiguity of the definition of "negligence" that it, in effect renders the law toothless(pardon the pun). A good reference can be found at http://www.dogbitelaw.com/PAGES/Tennessee.htm
I believe you find better remedy in civil procedings. Show damages - file a claim. Good Luck

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Since: Oct 07

Betsytown

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Oct 26, 2007
 
Sick of white trash wrote:
Tennessee state law sec. 44-8-413 says dog owners are strictly liable for dog bites and other losses caused by a dog that occur when the dog is not under reasonable control on the dog owners premises, or when it is running at large off the premises(which is your property!) hope that helps you out a little bit!
Good job, oh by the way hot pic
Stoney creeker too

Kingsport, TN

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#6
Oct 26, 2007
 
We have also been bothered with our neighbors dogs and it will always be like that too. We keep ours on a leash when we take her out but others just open the door and say go on and pick on your neighbors.
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Elizabethtown, KY

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Oct 26, 2007
 
We have a pit bull.Our yard is not fenced but we have electric fence for dog.He is very friendly BUT can he stay in our yard without LEASH??? Thanks....
Proud

Jonesborough, TN

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#8
Oct 27, 2007
 
I think the point here is that no one wants to be cornered by unleashed , uncontrolled unsupervised dogs in there own yard or walking down the street its just a matter of saftey . Not all pet owners are responsible.
Creeker

Jonesborough, TN

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Oct 28, 2007
 
Another point here is I don't want my neighbors barking dog in my yard WHILE HE IS STILL ON A LEASH!
It takes a lot of nerve to expect people to tolerate this thought process. It's his dog, the least he could do is make sure that when it is on a leash, it doesn't have enough cable to go in MY yard. Like I said, it's not the only problem I have with my neighbor. He has the nerve to do and say things normal people would be ashamed to do.
The bad part is, I have nowhere to turn for help. Like stated above, the law is not there for me.

Since: Oct 07

Knoxville, TN

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Oct 29, 2007
 
up da creek wrote:
Well, WHITE TRASH is just that with her legal advice.
She(or he)cites a newly adopted state liability law regarding dog bites with regard to negligence. There are so many exceptions, including ambiguity of the definition of "negligence" that it, in effect renders the law toothless(pardon the pun). A good reference can be found at http://www.dogbitelaw.com/PAGES/Tennessee.htm
I believe you find better remedy in civil procedings. Show damages - file a claim. Good Luck
Umm excuse me but are you trying to refer to me as white trash? I was just wondering because you kinda confused me with your first comment.
quick

Knoxville, TN

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#11
Oct 29, 2007
 
What a GREAT opportunity to speak with on of the 24 Carter County Commissioners. Actually, you'll need to speak with 15 just to get their attention. Carter has NO animal control officer and NO shelter. Wonder why.

Since: Oct 07

Knoxville, TN

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Oct 29, 2007
 
Hey111 wrote:
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Good job, oh by the way hot pic
Thank you, I need to put a newer one up, that one is from last year!
Proud

Jonesborough, TN

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Oct 29, 2007
 
quick wrote:
What a GREAT opportunity to speak with on of the 24 Carter County Commissioners. Actually, you'll need to speak with 15 just to get their attention. Carter has NO animal control officer and NO shelter. Wonder why.
You are right about the officer but we do have a shelter

Since: Oct 07

Kingsport, TN

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#14
Oct 30, 2007
 
Have you tried calling the cops when the barking starts? Sounds like disturbing the peace to me. Have you just talked to your neighbor frankly? Good luck.
quick

Knoxville, TN

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Oct 30, 2007
 
Just where would this Carter County Animal Shelter be? The City has one. I was not aware the County did.....

Since: Oct 07

Knoxville, TN

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Oct 30, 2007
 
Creeker wrote:
I wish they could be liable for my families loss of sleep.
I've been dealing with this for 3 years. They had an old dog that would come behind my house and bark its head off. I had tried running it off, shooting it with BB's, hitting it, but it kept coming back. It was loud enough from their yard to disturb my kids at night. That dog finally died and I thought it was over. NOT!!! They got another dog that looks the same and acts the same. I get their trash in my yard, I get to hear the dog bark at the moon and I'm fed up with it.
Back in the summer, something must've happened. They put the dog on a leash(at times). Good, right? WRONG! The leash(cable) was so long the dog could come halfway across my back yard. I had to say something at that point. It would walk up to the kids play area and scare them. It never went after them, but I don't like it around them. I have seen it's aggression. Anyway, the took one section of the leash out. I noticed the other night, when the dog comes out growling and barking at me, he still comes about 10-12' into my yard. He woke me again this morning barking at nothing.
Other times he's seen running around the neighborhood off his leash.
How do you deal with someone who just don't care what their animals do? I don't understand how they can sleep through these episodes of barking fits.
This is not the only problem I've had with my neighbor, but I think I can deal with the rest of it, if the dog wasn't an issue.
If you live in the city you can call the animal shelter and tell them the dog roams the neighborhood, constantly barks and you have kids you don't want to get bit. I think they will come out and set a cage to catch it, or at least they used to. Hopefully you will get some peace and quite soon, barking all the time does get VERY annoying!
dogs run loose

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#17
Oct 30, 2007
 
I too have neighbors who constantly bring in dogs, usually ready to have puppies, and set them loose on the neighborhood. They never take them to the vet or get them immunized against rabies, parvo ot treat for fleas or heartworms. The do not intentionally mistreat the animals, but they also are not good owners. I don't want any more dogs, that's why I don't have any. They bark at my visitors, carry off my garden shoes make my yard their bathroom and chew up my porch furniture and ruin my flowerbeds. And we have no animal control officer anymore, the county commissioners wouldn't fund the position. Maybe we should just gather up all the strays or loose ones and take them to our commissioners yards. The city shelter is too small, understaffed and underfunded to handle the whole county's problem. But if you think about it, the mother who stays home usually has the neighbor's kids too, so why would we think they would take better care of their dogs??
Creeker

Jonesborough, TN

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Oct 30, 2007
 
In the Sun wrote:
Have you tried calling the cops when the barking starts? Sounds like disturbing the peace to me. Have you just talked to your neighbor frankly? Good luck.
I used to work with the guy. I've tried to tell him without being hateful, but the guy don't care. They've even told us before that if their animals cause us any problems, just to let them know and they'd take care of it. They didn't want their pets to cause problems. I've knocked on their door and told them their dog (on a leash) doesn't need to be halfway across my backyard, and I'm finding to many chewed up mountain dew bottles in my yard(while the dog is looking up at me with one it's mouth). They shortened the leash, but it still reaches several feet into my yard. Enough for it's personal bathroom and trash deposits.
This morning, again I was awaken at 5am to the rythmic barking of this dog. Makes my day start out rough. The guy has pulled into my backyard with his lawnmower and shook the grass out from under the deck. He caused problems for me at work(glad he's gone). I've spent a bunch of money trying to get the springs in my yard dried up, and now I find he's got some sort of drain run all the way to the property line. He's just not a rational person.
I want to take it out on the dog, but I know the owner is the problem. I figure calling the police would just cause more problems down the road.
I guess I'm just stessed out because I don't feel I have any good options.

Since: Oct 07

Kingsport, TN

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Oct 30, 2007
 
Creeker wrote:
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I used to work with the guy. I've tried to tell him without being hateful, but the guy don't care. They've even told us before that if their animals cause us any problems, just to let them know and they'd take care of it. They didn't want their pets to cause problems. I've knocked on their door and told them their dog (on a leash) doesn't need to be halfway across my backyard, and I'm finding to many chewed up mountain dew bottles in my yard(while the dog is looking up at me with one it's mouth). They shortened the leash, but it still reaches several feet into my yard. Enough for it's personal bathroom and trash deposits.
This morning, again I was awaken at 5am to the rythmic barking of this dog. Makes my day start out rough. The guy has pulled into my backyard with his lawnmower and shook the grass out from under the deck. He caused problems for me at work(glad he's gone). I've spent a bunch of money trying to get the springs in my yard dried up, and now I find he's got some sort of drain run all the way to the property line. He's just not a rational person.
I want to take it out on the dog, but I know the owner is the problem. I figure calling the police would just cause more problems down the road.
I guess I'm just stessed out because I don't feel I have any good options.
Sounds like you're just out of options, short of spending money for a privacy fence for some of the problem. Would you be able to use a "Super-soaker" water gun to shoot the dog when he is actually barking? Can you get an agle on it from your room or anywhere in your house? Often, the stream is pretty powerful if you are close enough and it will scare the dog. You will have to be very consistent with this and it will take a few weeks, maybe. Because you work and aren't home to shoot him every time he barks, it will take longer. Some dogs learn quicker than others, though. The fact that he will not be able to see you if can shoot him from your house will be a huge help. He will learn quicker what causes him to get shot and scared rather than think it was just because you were around. If the soaker won't help, do you know what he's afraid of? The sound of newspapers, plastic bags or aluminum cans rattling? Using something like this may help, too. I hope this may help.
only in carter county

Kingsport, TN

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Oct 31, 2007
 
WE HAVE SCARED DOGS AWAY WITH FIRE CRACKERS BEFORE. IF YOU HAD SOME OF THOSE SMALL PACKS JUST THROW THEM OUT THERE AND HE WILL LEAVE. DOING THAT MORE THEN ONCE WILL SURE SCARE HIM AND NOT HURT HIM. YOU ARE RIGHT IT IS NOT THE DOG ITS THE OWNERS. IF I COULD GET NOTHING MORE DONE I WOULD LET THE POLICE HANDLE IT.

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