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    Default Tearing my hair out...

    This is a bit of a rant - I seriously need to vent. I've mentioned before how useless my local council is when it comes to dog control. I've just had another incident, and have basically been told yet again that nothing can be done.

    I got home from work the other night at about 6.30pm to find a guy standing at my fence - not 2 paces away. My dogs were on the other side doing their damndest to protect their property. Sal's got the heart of a lion, but Abe's still a baby and is quite fearful so I worry that at this stage of his development he could easily be traumatised by a scary incident. The guy was holding a golf club, and had 2 unleashed pitties (entire adult males) with him - and he was stirring them up and encouraging aggression towards my dogs. I got out of the car (I have my 16yr old son with me) and called out "are you right mate?". He replied "just taking the boys for a walk". We stood there for a minute til I said that I couldn't open the gate to put my car away until his dogs had gone, and he walked off.

    I was rattled, as my house was broken into last year, my car also stolen. Yards with dogs in this town have been the safest, and now I worry that the crims are going to start bringing 'tough' dogs with them to take care of our dogs while they take care of our property. I called the police, who took my report and gave it a job number, which was all I really hoped for. They were as helpful as they could be in the circumstances. The dog control officer for council was another matter. He didn't want to know. Said to me "what do you want me to do about it?" Fantastic. How about your job? Thing is, and this is the bit that really riles me - it's not a dog issue, it's a race issue. We have an Aboriginal mission here in town, the dogs in question are 'mish dogs', and the powers that be are too scared to do anything about it. Instead, they enforce the dog laws for white folk, and only then if you give them the name and address of the offender. He will pick up dogs wandering in the main street only if he knows them to be not mish dogs. The mish dogs have the run of our town and I am sick to death of there being 2 sets of rules.

    I'm ready to throw my hands in the air, I just don't know what else to do, but I am worried something seriously ugly will happen - these dogs have already attacked one leashed dog, and have matured considerably since then. Since I did my shoulder, I can't walk 2 leashed dogs, and because I have total voice control over Sal and she heels beautifully, I walk her unleashed while Abe is on leash. If I make too much noise about these other dogs I can see that I'll be the one to end up with the fine.

    Needless to say my dogs will be locked in the house when I am out after dark from now on...
    Last edited by dhru; 08-24-2013 at 03:40 PM. Reason: didn't like the last sentance

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    Oh that really sucks, it annoys me when there are 2 sets of rules for everyone however we are all suppose to be equal right?

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    the 2 pits,
    how about counter conditioning them with unsound food? Food you would not want your dog eating. So he keeps them away from you. He wont want his dogs being friendly to you. That's not what pulls this guys chain clearly. so food induced friendship. Keep a piece of meat in your car, in a sealed zip lock bag, it will rot over weeks, but the smellier, the more interesting, start befriending those pits, with rotten zip lock back open but hidden and see mr macho move away from the man that is making his dogs "gay" or other such neanderthal nonsense.

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    Hey Bernie that's a brilliant idea, will get onto that.

    Talked to a member of the local aboriginal lands council yesterday - she's a friend of mine (and just as frustrated with the double standards as I am) - and she was saying that the reason dog laws are not enforced are because it isn't in the aboriginal culture to restrain/contain their dogs. It's tradition that their dogs roam free. So apparently that puts and end to that, there's nothing we can do but accept it.

    Edit: although the dog control officer for council has told me nothing of the sort, so I'm not sure if that means they are exempt from the law or if it just means nobody is game to enforce it...
    Last edited by dhru; 08-25-2013 at 05:34 AM.

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    I would think public safety would come first over a tradition. What happens when someone's dog get ripped to pieces or a kid gets attacked? Suppose the dog gets to live too?

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    These are exactly my concerns jadielee, but no-one will hear me. The dog control moron even told me I wasn't allowed to call them pitties, amstaffs, whatever because I'm not a dog identifier (WTF??). All I can do it seems is take measures to look after us and hope for the best.

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    ‘dhru’ – yes - that is all you can do ! Take extra care in making sure you and yours are kept safe.

    Some links for you:

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=s...=ctr:countryAU

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=s...=ctr:countryAU

    Whenever I go out by myself - I always leave Riley inside the house. This was suggested years ago by police friends as a better way to go than leaving dogs in the yard. Less chance of the dog being baited and less chance of the house being broken into.

    Take care !

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    Hi drhu

    I agree with your friend - I visited the lands a few times and the dogs just roam like a big pack. But they don't get walked by anyone. Or encouraged to attack other dogs. In fact I suspect the aggressive ones are quietly culled. And it's very good for any single white women who happen to be out there, to own big scary (friendly) dogs.

    And I've met quite a few aboriginies who will not touch my dog or allow her near them - because of their stories - they told me - about cattle dogs being used to help massacre aboriginies. Which I can well believe. My dog didn't know that though.

    Personally, I'd be catching the dogs and dropping them off at the pound myself. No idea who they belong to, found them wandering. Maybe the pound in the next town nearer civilisation.

    Obviously something bad has to happen before anything will be done about any of their dogs. And then they will probably sort the dog themselves.

    If the guy with the pitties is reasonably sober - you could try making friends - or at least acting like he is a perfectly nice human being with gorgeous dogs. It's strange how when someone acts scared of someone else - the someone else just feels an irresistible urge - to act scary - so the first someone properly has something to be scared of. Like going "Boo" when you're exploring a creepy old house.

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