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Old May 16th, 2013, 05:22 AM
smg680 smg680 is offline
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It's not safe out there

My neighbor's Labrador has been getting loose lately. He's snapped at my dad twice, and he's always crossing our yard. The neighbors have an electric fence, but I don't know if it's malfunctioned, or if the collar Buddy wears to go with it isn't working, or if it's loose, or what the deal is. I've been getting our mail by driving up to the mailbox when I've been warned that he's out, and my neighbor takes my grandfather's cane to defend herself if she goes out in front (I pass on the information about the dog to her). The escapes often happen when the neighbors are at work, and Buddy is usually home by the time his owners come back.

Also, my dad recently told me that pitbulls were sighted around his friend's pie shop. And we all know about the bloodthirsty reputation of those dogs! And those dogs already killed one cat. I don't want them to kill another, which leads me to my problem.

Ambre, my cat, loves going out. I know this sounds like some of my other posts, but he's become persistent about wanting to go outside, especially since he's been inside all winter. I don't want him to become a snack for any of these dogs. My parents and I all tell him that he can go to the breezeway, but that's it. He's also welcome to go up to my dad's studio, but that's as far as he's allowed to go. I don't open the screen door a crack to give him air anymore, since Mom and Dad told me that the pit bulls or Buddy might get in our yard and tear it, however, I do open the window in my dad's studio, since you have to climb the stairs to get to it.

I'm also thinking about my young niece and my brother's dachshund(sp?). Zoe's going on five, and Spike is a little dog with a big bark. What if any of the dogs come when they're visiting? Zoe loves driving her pink pedal car in the front, as well as playing on our front steps. What if Spike gets in an altercation with any of these dogs? And what can we do to keep Ambre safe? I've got a number for Animal Control, and I also have Buddy's owners on my cell phone, but what else can I do?

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Old May 16th, 2013, 09:18 AM
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Its your yard fenced? I personally, if it were my cat regardless of the situation, if he/she is going to be outside I would be there with them, maybe you can even put on a harness and leash while you are out there (if they have a tendency to take off) One of my uncles has a few cats, and they all learned from babies to be out in the yard playing but never to leave.

Now, I would probably try talking to Buddy's owner about the situation and let them know that if they don't fix this that unfortunately you will have to report the dog, its not safe for him to be running around, not just for other people but his own safety. If he is going to be left outside there should be a fence.

Also, my dad recently told me that pit bulls were sighted around his friend's pie shop. And we all know about the bloodthirsty reputation of those dogs! And those dogs already killed one cat. I don't want them to kill another, which leads me to my problem.

Definitely, if the dogs are on the loose, I would report them yes, so that they can be taken to a safe place. Now, I wouldn't judge them because of their "reputation" they are actually great loving dogs that many times fall in the hands of the wrong owners.

Good luck, and hopefully you don't have to drive to the mail box any more
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Old May 16th, 2013, 10:00 AM
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Its your yard fenced? I personally, if it were my cat regardless of the situation, if he/she is going to be outside I would be there with them, maybe you can even put on a harness and leash while you are out there (if they have a tendency to take off) One of my uncles has a few cats, and they all learned from babies to be out in the yard playing but never to leave.

Now, I would probably try talking to Buddy's owner about the situation and let them know that if they don't fix this that unfortunately you will have to report the dog, its not safe for him to be running around, not just for other people but his own safety. If he is going to be left outside there should be a fence.

Also, my dad recently told me that pit bulls were sighted around his friend's pie shop. And we all know about the bloodthirsty reputation of those dogs! And those dogs already killed one cat. I don't want them to kill another, which leads me to my problem.

Definitely, if the dogs are on the loose, I would report them yes, so that they can be taken to a safe place. Now, I wouldn't judge them because of their "reputation" they are actually great loving dogs that many times fall in the hands of the wrong owners.

Good luck, and hopefully you don't have to drive to the mail box any more
A dog could still go after the cat while it was wearing a harness , if the owner picked the cat up , a pitbull could end up going after the person and cat . The Op has report the dog to the ACO .
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Old May 16th, 2013, 10:06 AM
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A dog could still go after the cat while it was wearing a harness , if the owner picked the cat up , a pitbull could end up going after the person and cat . The Op has report the dog to the ACO .
I know, I meant the point of the harness to be so that the cat doesn't leave the yard... assuming that it is fenced and he should be safe in his there.
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Old May 16th, 2013, 10:32 PM
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good news, bad news

Some of the ideas and suggestions you gave me are very good. However, there are a few problems.

Harnesses and collars for Ambre won't work. I got him a cheap nylon collar when he was younger, and it took him all day to nibble through it. We also tried to put him on a leash, but he didn't like it.

Also, there is a fence between my property and Buddy's owners' property, but we've always seen him in the front yard, since he passes by the fence on his way out of his yard.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 07:06 AM
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I don't know where you are but where I am I'd, and I did, report the dog to police. In my area the OSPCA is only concerned about animal safety, not a hoot for humans. You say this dog has snapped twice at your Dad, that's enough, I'd call Police and say I was concerned for my own safety. And there are small children? Police, for me it's the OPP. Since your Dad is the one who was snapped at he should call.

I suppose it would be only neighbourly to inform Buddy's owners. But I've become a cynic after discussing the dog in my case with the owners THREE times I finally smartened up and called OPP. Incredibly I had to call them twice, the second time armed with names and phone numbers of several other neighbours who had also had trouble, including one with a bite to a four year old child.
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