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Old 11-26-2007, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Neighbor's Dog Keeps Jumping Over Fence

Our neighbor has two beagles, one of which started jumping over our 6 ft. privacy fence a few months ago (yeah, jumping, 6 feet!). After we returned him to them a few times, they started chaining him when he was outside. We didn't have any problems for a while, but over the past few weeks, we've found him in our yard a few times. Yesterday he was back there with a piece of broken chain attached to his collar. I picked him up and took him back (he ripped my shirt and scratched my back all up), and they just said, "Thanks," and took him. Today we found him back there again, this time he was strangling on his chain because it had gotten caught in the fence when he jumped over. I went over to their house and told him he was back there while my husband untangled him, and the lady who is house-sitting for them (neighbor is in the army and I think she's TDY) said that the teenage boy who lives there wasn't home and she's send him for the dog when he returned. !?!?!?! So after my husband got the dog loose, he took him over there and told her that we had found him back there several times and we would appreciate it if they would keep a closer eye on him. (He also scolded her for leaving them outside in the cold all the time - she told him they were animals, they were supposed to be outside) She brushed it off and acted like it wasn't her responsibility because she doesn't live there. He told her that if she is house-sitting then she is responsible for the animals. She kind of laughed it off.

What if something happens to this dog when he's in my backyard? Do y'all think I should call animal control and just get a case opened, or file a report of some kind? Will they do that? I don't want anyone coming to me and saying my dogs are vicious and need to be put down in the event that their dog gets hurt. We have a good relationship with our neighbor (the one who actually lives there and is away right now) and I don't want to start anything, but my first priority is my dogs.

Also, her dog is unaltered, and so is my youngest dobie. I am going to be some kind of pissed if I end up with a litter of dobergles!

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Old 11-26-2007, 08:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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After all that I would honestly just call animal control next time and have them pick up the dog. They could also speak with the owners if they are home, and fine them for not propperly controling their animal. A bit harsh, yes, but obviously nothing else is getting the message across.
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Old 11-26-2007, 10:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would also call animal control. I understand you are concerned about the dogs both being unaltered. They have a responsibility having an unaltered animal to control. You also have that responsibility even in your yard with the chances of a roaming dog coming near. It does take two to tango. I hope you are able to resolve the issues.
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Please call animal control. What if the dog ends up hanging it's self on the fence next time. The chain could get caught and the dog could choke to death. I'm sure everyone involved would be upset if that happened.
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Old 11-27-2007, 01:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You might ask them to put a harness on the dog so he cannot hang himself. Yes I would call animal control your yard is for your dogs if your dogs were out and they see the Beagle coming over the fence they might get the idea to jump the fence too.
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Old 11-27-2007, 05:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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yea im with calling animal control also:beer:
 
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Did the problems arise again since the house sitter has been there. How long has she be there for?
I ask this only because you stated the problems ended and now in the last few weeks it started up. I am sorry but who is him in the back yard? If they have a house sitter, is the owner not away.
Reason I am asking is if the owner is away and doesn't know what is going on now, wouldn't it be fair to let him know first.
If he does know I would call spca that is awful and you would just feel sick to go in your backyard and see the dog hanging there strangled to death. I would take some pictures for evidence.
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Back in the 70's, our neighbor had a GSD. They went off on vacation, chaining the dog next to our 6 foot privacy fence. (These were things I didn't know at the time.)

It was Texas... July... dog was chained with NO SHADE available. I had taken my dog out for a walk and then let her out in the back yard. She went nuts outside barking in that direction as I observed her from the window, hackles up etc.

I went to investigate. Their dog was hanging over our fence, dead. I don't know if I would have been able to even help a very large and desperate dog had I seen him alive. I'm only 5'1". I took a picture and called animal control who removed him.

I looked over the fence - his water bowl was dry. I spoke to them when they returned and expressed my sympathy and told them that the dog had no water.

Their response was that the kid across the road was supposed to take care of him while they were gone.

It was an awful experience - the owners didn't seem that concerned or upset.

The dog had never jumped the fence before - I assume he was desperate for water.

The problem to me in this instance is that the owners are away, and have a house sitter that is supposed to be responsible. If animal control is called, and the dog taken away then who is going to know or care enough to bail him out?

And I'm so sorry your back was all scratched up and your shirt ruined while trying to do the right thing and return the dog. My dad had a beagle for a while, that thing was hyperactive to the nth degree, so much so that no child could go in the back yard without being scratched or knocked down. Dog didn't understand or respond to even being knocked away. I'm sure there are really nice beagles, just haven't been around any.
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:30 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks Hanna, that makes my decision much easier! I'd hate to come home and see that dog dangling from my fence.

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Did the problems arise again since the house sitter has been there. How long has she be there for?
I ask this only because you stated the problems ended and now in the last few weeks it started up. I am sorry but who is him in the back yard? If they have a house sitter, is the owner not away.
Reason I am asking is if the owner is away and doesn't know what is going on now, wouldn't it be fair to let him know first.
If he does know I would call spca that is awful and you would just feel sick to go in your backyard and see the dog hanging there strangled to death. I would take some pictures for evidence.
The housesitter has been there for quite a while. I'm not sure if she (my neighbor) is deployed or what, because I did see her home for a few days (several weeks ago) and then she was gone again. My husband has been trying to get in touch with another neighbor of ours to see if she has an email or phone # for her. I agree, it would be best to let her know what's going on first, especially since we do have a good relationship with her and don't want to cause problems.

I would never let anyone who had the attitude that her house sitter has about animals stay at my house with my girls! "They're animals, they're supposed to be outside." Please! Not overnight in 20 degree weather!
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