Originally Posted by Northern_Sierras View Post
If there are dogs in your neighborhood there are roaming dogs, because dogs get out all the time. So why let your children outside at all? Oh you have a fence? You think a pitbull cant jump over a 7ft fence? It happens all the time. So why let your children outside at all when there is a chance a roaming dog will attack them.
There's a difference between sending a child or dog outside to play by itself when there's roaming dogs and supervising said outdoor play when there's roaming dogs. Many dogs, even little dogs, can jump a 6-8ft fence... heck my pappy's JRT male popped over their 10ft privacy fence when he smelled a female in heat. But if you're out there at least you'll have some chance to stop the attack before anyone gets killed or more seriously injured if they have to be.
On another forum I frequent someone recently posted about their two dogs they'd left in their fenced yard for an hour. Came back and one dog was so bloodied that it bled to death on the way to the vet and the other was seriously injured. Did they
fight? Later it was discovered that there are both coyotes and other large wild animals as well as roaming dogs in that person's neighborhood. Did something get into their yard and take off when the dogs didn't back down from the fight? Maybe the dogs themselves did fight and that wasn't preventable, but if they'd been supervised they should have been able to be separated before that much
damage was done to both of them. Or the owner could have chased the mystery animal out of the yard or recalled the dogs to get back in the house before they got mauled. That's a mystery that will never be solved and the owner now has to suffer through the loss of one dog and the near loss of the other, plus emergency vet bills to cover the care of their survivor.
So, to repeat what others have said, build a fence and start supervising outdoor time. Also while an unpopular opinion, I also agree that if a dog was constantly on my property attacking my dog and its owner was not willing to fix the problem, I'd resort to shooting it. That said my property would have a fence and I'd be right in the thick of things trying to pull their dogs off of my dog, so it would be no one's fault but their own that their dogs are not where they belong or doing what they should.