How to deal with neighbors who let th...

How to deal with neighbors who let their dogs run loose?

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doggie

Winchester, KY

#1 Apr 19, 2011
I have some bothersome neighbors who have about 5 dogs, and they are CONSTANTLY letting their dogs run wild in our yard. I can't take my dog out to pee without them terrorizing him.
What would the best way be to handle this? Should I call the police to complain? I'm not really sure.

I don't want to talk to the neighbors because honestly, I don't think it'll do much good. They don't have enough sense to fence in or tie up their way too many dogs anyway, so I don't think they'll cooperate with me.
doggie

Winchester, KY

#2 Apr 19, 2011
Plus, I'm not buying a fence and attempting to fence our 3 acre property to keep the dogs OUT. I shouldn't have to spend my money when I took the time to take responsibility and take care of my dog.
KyLaws

Dunmor, KY

#3 Apr 19, 2011
doggie wrote:
Plus, I'm not buying a fence and attempting to fence our 3 acre property to keep the dogs OUT. I shouldn't have to spend my money when I took the time to take responsibility and take care of my dog.
KY - Impound - 258.265 Care and control of dog; destruction of dog running at large at night; exemption for hunting dogs KY ST § 258.265
This Kentucky statute provides that an owner shall exercise proper care and control of his dog to prevent the dog from violating any local government nuisance ordinance. Any peace officer or animal control officer may seize or destroy any dog found running at large between the hours of sunset and sunrise and unaccompanied and not under the control of its owner or handler. A peace officer or animal control officer shall be under a duty to make a fair and reasonable effort to determine whether any dog found at large between sunset and sunrise is a hound or other hunting dog which has become lost temporarily.

There is a leash law however there are some variations depending on your city.
I have had this problem and I feel for you. I want to be a good neighbor and I hate having and hurt feelings between people that live close to me. I actually called a girl 15+ times about her small dog chasing my dog off of my property (once I found him 4 days later and 20 houses over, under an outbuilding) My dog stays in the yard or out back but her dog would chase him off his own porch. She would just say "oh didn’t know he was out...ohh well"
It’s totally frustrating.

You can complain but usually, especially around here just trying to talk nice to someone gets you retaliation.

Put up a cheap electric fence.
Keeps kids out too!
clint

Du Bois, PA

#4 Apr 20, 2011
you should talk to them first before you do anything if they dont take care of the dogs then you should call the dog warden at least have a little respect first i you had a problem with my dogs and didnt talk to me first i would do my best to make the problem bigger you know like getting more dogs
Old Man

East Bernstadt, KY

#5 Apr 20, 2011
Give the owner benefit of the doubt, after all you think your dog stays on the porch or in his yard all the time. What if he did wonder off sometime and a neighbor had it hauled off or even worse. After talking to the owner then if something is not done call the animal shelter if this does not get action call the judge executive office. Then if all else fails after giving reasonable time, well I don't want to say what I'd do but a nuisance has to be handled one way or another. Just my opinion, if people are going to have pets they need to be responsible for them and take charge of any problems that might arise due to their pets behavior.
boogie man

Montréal, Canada

#6 Apr 20, 2011
i tink the electric fence is a great idea. it would not have to be there forever. just until the dogs learned to stay away from it.
what about

London, KY

#7 Apr 20, 2011
Okay I have one for you. How about someone that has about 10-15 larger dogs outside and I believe 4 or 5 different sized inside. The outside are a little on the skinny side. I've watched them fight almost to the death before and no one break them up other than their small child who was 10 at the time if not 9. You can't get near their yard because it smells like pee and most of the time you smell poop too but it always smells like pee, it makes you so sick to your stomach. I hate it if the wind blows from their place to mine, we can't open our windows or go outside. Oh and if it rains there is a part of our side yard that their yard drains onto, and all of that grass is dead thanks to their dog pee. Is there anything that could be down about any of their nasty?
Old Man

East Bernstadt, KY

#8 Apr 20, 2011
If this is in the city of London, the city just voted in a Nuisance Ordinance that might cover just such a situation. The county fiscal court is also looking at discussing a nuisance ordinance. Contact your magistrate and the judge exec and ask if the nuisance ordinance would include pet owner responsibility when animals are neglected and cause a nuisance and health problem in the community, if not then ask them to look into more animal control and owner responsibilty in the county. But as far as something you can do now, good luck, talking to the owner is about all you can do.
what about

London, KY

#9 Apr 20, 2011
Yeah I'm outside city limits, not by much but just enough, at the rate they have been moving the line if I wait I should be inside the limits in just year or two. But until idk what to do. And trust me talking to these people really isn't an option, I would come out better talking to the dogs and asking them to bag up their poop and not bark all night and day. I would have more luck.
someone who knows

Pikeville, KY

#10 Apr 20, 2011
what about wrote:
Yeah I'm outside city limits, not by much but just enough, at the rate they have been moving the line if I wait I should be inside the limits in just year or two. But until idk what to do. And trust me talking to these people really isn't an option, I would come out better talking to the dogs and asking them to bag up their poop and not bark all night and day. I would have more luck.
There is no leash laws nor laws pertaining to dogs running loose outside the city limits. Calling the dog warden or animal shelter is useless unless the dogs cause damage to you or your property. If that happens, you can take them to small claims court. My advise is to buy yourself a white noise machine (even a fan running will do) if they bark at night. It won't solve your problem but at least you can get some rest.
yeah_i_said_it

Murray, KY

#11 Apr 20, 2011
just shoot the damn things and be done with it. dispose of the bodies appropriately....problem solved
someone who knows

Pikeville, KY

#12 Apr 20, 2011
yeah_i_said_it wrote:
just shoot the damn things and be done with it. dispose of the bodies appropriately....problem solved
Apparently you don't watch the news. Can you say "FELONY". It's now a felony to shoot someones dog in KY. Check out "Romeo's Law".

Since: Mar 09

East Bernstadt, KY

#13 Apr 20, 2011
someone who knows wrote:
<quoted text>Apparently you don't watch the news. Can you say "FELONY". It's now a felony to shoot someones dog in KY. Check out "Romeo's Law".
Romeo's Law states that it is felony to TORTURE an animal. You can still kill an animal that is being aggressive to another person or animal.
someone who knows

Pikeville, KY

#14 Apr 20, 2011
Country Bumpkin2 wrote:
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"Romeo's Law states that it is felony to TORTURE an animal. You can still kill an animal that is being aggressive to another person or animal.
There was one major amendment to the bill that was approved by both the House and Senate. The torture of a dog or cat would still be a misdemeanor on the first offense if the animal sustained physical injury and a Class D felony on second and subsequent offenses. If the animal suffered serious physical injury or death, the abuser could be charged with a Class D felony on the first and subsequent offenses." Truthfully it depends on the judge you're in front of, but I don't think it would be worth spending jail time when there are alternatives (such as a cheap electric fence)
For The Truth

London, KY

#15 Apr 20, 2011
boogie man wrote:
i tink the electric fence is a great idea. it would not have to be there forever. just until the dogs learned to stay away from it.
The electric fence will kill cats ans small children.check with a lawyer before installing one.
For The Truth

London, KY

#16 Apr 20, 2011
what about wrote:
Okay I have one for you. How about someone that has about 10-15 larger dogs outside and I believe 4 or 5 different sized inside. The outside are a little on the skinny side. I've watched them fight almost to the death before and no one break them up other than their small child who was 10 at the time if not 9. You can't get near their yard because it smells like pee and most of the time you smell poop too but it always smells like pee, it makes you so sick to your stomach. I hate it if the wind blows from their place to mine, we can't open our windows or go outside. Oh and if it rains there is a part of our side yard that their yard drains onto, and all of that grass is dead thanks to their dog pee. Is there anything that could be down about any of their nasty?
Take them to small claims court.They will have to pay you for any damage done to your property.
Yup

London, KY

#17 Apr 20, 2011
Country Bumpkin2 wrote:
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Romeo's Law states that it is felony to TORTURE an animal. You can still kill an animal that is being aggressive to another person or animal.
Thats true. If you can kill a person that is attacking you, you should be able to kill a dog..
Someone who knows

Pikeville, KY

#18 Apr 20, 2011
For The Truth wrote:
<quoted text>The electric fence will kill cats ans small children.check with a lawyer before installing one.
Give me a break! I was raised on a farm where we always had electric fences for the cows. I also fenced in my entire yard to keep my own dogs from wandering and I had small children and cats. Just like the dogs and everyone else who came in contact with the electric fence, humans as well as the cats learned quickly not to touch it. If you're worried about it though, you can always post that the fence is electric and then you're covered.
tim

East Bernstadt, KY

#19 Apr 20, 2011
For The Truth wrote:
<quoted text>Take them to small claims court.They will have to pay you for any damage done to your property.
All small claim court does is get you a judgement it is still left up to you to collect payment. And if they don't want to pay, good luck with getting anything.

Also if it was my property and I had small children I wouldn't want them to go thru the learning process of not touching an electric fence. Of course if you catch the animals nearby and can threw some poisoned hamburger to them, problem could be solved and you wouldn't have to dispose of the bodies, of course you would want to make sure not to leave it out were your own pets would get to it.
snicky

Vilonia, AR

#20 Apr 20, 2011
Just feed all the amimals. Especially stray cats. But now if chickens crow and keep you up spray them with a super soaker squirt gun. Or you can feed stray chickens cat food too. They like that.

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