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Loose Dogs. (rant, sorry)

dogcatharmony
May 11th, 2007, 05:18 PM
I will apologize in advance, I just really feel the need to rant right now.

What is with the overwhelming number of dogs off leash, running around doing whatever they want now that the warmer months have begun? This is just unbelievable. Now I am not talking about strays, I am talking about ignorant owner's who feel the need to not only endanger the live of their dog but put other's at risk from their dog because they think their dog is well behaved enough to wander around their yard unsupervised and loose!!

I am sorry but I do not care how well you think you dog listens. I do not care if he is a nice snugglely bundle of fur when he is inside with his family. I do not care that you have taught your dog to stay in it's own yard under any circumstance. All it takes is ONE thing your "well mannered" dog wants and problems start.

I am talking from experience. My dog has now been attacked four times by loose "well mannered" dogs. I am sick of the excuses. "Well he has never acted like that before" "must be the heat that made him cranky" "She usually comes when I call, I have no idea what happened this time" BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!!

Oh and let me not forget the ones who say. "my dog isn't really good with other dogs but he has never left the yard before" "oh I have never seen her run across the street, she is usually afraid of cars and stays in her yard" Then to stand and watch these people disipline the dog for leaving the yard. In a little whimpy voice..." oh now toodles that was a bad girl. You listen to mommy next time , ok. Good girl":confused:

This makes me so mad. My dog is tied in her back yard on a 150 foot cable that strings from the shed to the house. She then has a 35 foot lead from that cable to explore the yard. She is always supervised! When we walk she is on the 6 foot leash (like the by-law states in my city). She is licsened and when she gets loose( happened once) and goes to run she is told in a voice that she knows means business ( no little baby talk, good girl crap!) to "come, now!" Meanwhile she is the one who has had to pay the price of four attacks.

ok,, starting to feel a little better. thanks for listening

SableCollie
May 11th, 2007, 05:27 PM
Ohhhh yes, I feel your pain. During winter, we get relatively few strays in, but as soon as it gets warm, it's like everyone opens their doors and just lets their dog out for the day.

If you see dogs loose off their property, you can report it to animal control, and the people could possibly be fined for leash law violation. They really should crack down more on this, look how many reports of bad dog attacks in the news were caused by dogs running loose. The problem is, animal control can't do anything if no one reports the irresponsible owners. We always encourage people to call every time they see a loose dog.

dogcatharmony
May 11th, 2007, 05:35 PM
The last attack that occured on my dog happened a week ago. I reported the dog........no one showed up and the dog is still running loose. The HS was just in my neighbourhood because of two loose schnauzers nipping and biting another dog. They live on the corner across from me. I watched the HS worker talk to the owner. Watched them get back in the vehicle and the two dogs were still loose. and still are running and snapping at anything that goes around the corner. I left a message on the answering machine.....i highly doubt anything will be done tonight.

marsupial mama
May 11th, 2007, 05:48 PM
I'm with you 100%. If a dog isn't leashed or fenced it is Not Under Control. period.

We have people across the street whose dog came belting towards me hell-for-leather when I was walking on the other side of the street, for no discernible reason. The people and dog were standing in their front yard and the dog - which I hadn;t even noticed prior to this - just took off. I hollered at the b*gger to get back and go home, and it skidded to a halt, then the owner came, took hold of its collar and issued some kind of pathetic apology like "oh he wouldn;t hurt you". That is NOT the point, having a huge dog come hurtling out of nowhere at me with unknown intentions is a frightening experience and I shouldn't have to face that when I walk down the street.

It's especially frightening for someone like me who was attacked by a dog as a kid and is very wary of unleashed canines (but I know plenty of dog lovers who wouldn;t appreciate it either). I hardly ever go to parks because there is ALWAYS someone with a dog off leash, despite (a) bylaws (which are a joke) and (b) provision of leash-free parks (which should be in every neighbourhood, properly fenced and with some kind of supervision and accountability for the kind of bozos who spoil it for responsible dog owners, as I have been reading about on this board...)

There is a small park behind our street that is not an official leash-free zone but it might as well be. We get all the dog walkers coming along here and most of them have their dogs off leash before they get anywhere near the park. One or two walk to heel and you can see they are well trained, but that one from across the street is hardly ever leashed.

Do these leash laws ever really get reinforced??

i wasn;t planning to rant... is there a full moon? :p

Lukka'sma
May 11th, 2007, 06:11 PM
I don't understand why people allow their dogs off leash either. I have been walking with my dog and suddenly a dog appears out of no where and bolts towards us. The owner can be heard yelling at me, "No need to worry about him, he's friendly." Well...my dog on leash is not as friendly as she could be and a dog approaching us at warp speed gets her quite ruffled.

dogcatharmony
May 11th, 2007, 06:18 PM
Oh Lukka'sma........I totally hear what you are saying. After zoe has been attacked when she sees a dog bolting for her, her feathers get some ruffled. Then the people look at me like I am the one at fault!!

And thanks marsupial mama.......you pointed out some other things I missed.

I am checking the calendar for the moon.......LOL

SableCollie
May 11th, 2007, 06:42 PM
Call the police if the humane society won't do anything. These people are breaking a law. If you tell the police that the dogs are running at people and you are afraid of them, they will take it more seriously.

And I agree with the dogs running up to other dogs aggressively. Happens to me all the time with Sable, and happened to a shelter dog once that was being walked. 3 unleashed dogs ran out of their yard and up the street at the shelter dog, growling. The dog walker yelled "I have a dog here!" but the owner of the other dogs was just standing in his yard calling the dogs and they weren't paying him any attention. One of the dogs (a lab) went up to the dog in a very challenging manner, right up to his face, growling. The shelter dog bit the other dog's ear. There was literally no blood, but the owner of the lab was screaming that he wanted the "vicious" shelter dog put down. He beat the dog over the head with a big stick when he saw it biting his dog, and later said that he hoping he "beat it's ^%*&@$% head in!" He insisted that his dogs were just "running up to say hi" and wouldn't believe us when we said his dogs instigated it. A few years later another of his dogs attacked a different shelter dog being walked, this dog didn't fight back, but was so traumatized he wouldn't walk off shelter property anymore. The people were given the option to muzzle their dog and see a trainer or get rid of it. They still have the dog, it does wear a muzzle now.

P.S. I think it's a quarter moon. :)

JanM
May 11th, 2007, 11:30 PM
I'm with you on this rant! Just today I went to a neighbour behind me and asked them if they knew their dog was getting out of their yard - knowing full well they do know. Well, gee - she had let her dog out to play with the next door dog - in the next-door neighbour's yard and "I guess he didn't come home when their dog went inside". When I told her that her dog was out there a lot - she said yesterday she "forgot" to bring him in - when I said he was out there several times over the past few days she just said "hmm". I explained that her dog was making my dogs bark and get excited and it didn't seem to mean much. Next time, I'm calling the dog control because not only my dogs get excited but all the dogs down the street do too! It just isn't fair. I know that accidents happen - dogs can and do get out and it is truly an accident - but this dog running loose is no accident.

So there, I've ranted now too!

papillonmama
May 12th, 2007, 12:17 AM
oh i so hear you on this one.

just the other day, I was going to get my kids form the bus stop, what do you think I see? trotting down the sidewalk all alone A little mix dog, just walkin'.

So of course, I go chasing after him, stopping traffic along the way because this little dog decides it's time to go home and can't wait for the light. It sees me, but because I had Dory I could tell it was too nervous to come up to me, so basically I escorted it close to it's home. I was so freaked out, and MAD. :yell: Who the heck just lets their little dog, that knows no commands, outside and then doesn't even watch it. :frustrated:

Seems it wandered away from it's yard, then I was thinking, but then, where are the owners? If my dog was gone you would know it because I would be running around asking every person I could find if they saw her. :shrug: ugh.

glitterless
May 12th, 2007, 02:19 AM
We have the same problem here. Sometimes my youngest dog is the guilty one, as she loves to run, but I make sure to catch her ASAP and not let her run around as she pleases.

We do live in a rural area, so I think that in these areas, people feel that it's okay to let animals run loose. We actually have neighbours who let their horses wander around loose!!! That is beyond dangerous.

I honestly don't know what to tell you. If the humane society and police don't care, there isn't much more you can do.. Have you ever tried talking to the owners? I know that you don't want a confrontation, but if they are easily approachable people, it might not be a bad idea to casually mention something about dogs running loose. I'd hate to see your dog hurt over this.