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    Angry Rant alert : What is wrong with some people?

    A little background....
    We live in an inner city town house, we are on one end of a group of 10, we have a small court yard (approx. 3m x 2.5m) and access to a large garden via a gate. The large garden is not well fenced so i have never left my dogs out there but they have access to the court yard and the house 24/7.

    The people next door have recently acquired an adult kelpie type dog! they only have a very small court yard (approx. 1.5m x 2.5m) they got the dog over christmas and they have now gone back to work, the dog gets locked out at 7am and comes back in around 6.30/7pm, i know this because I listen to it bark, howl and cry all day! (i work from home), it also sleeps outside, it has a kennel and a water fountain and they feed it daily, so there is nothing the RSPCA can do (another neighbor called them) the poor creature never gets walked or run. I have offered to walk the dog during the day or to babysit during the day but they tell me it is just a stupid dog and it will get used to being outside. Now I doubt the dog is stupid...the owners maybe! it obviously needs to burn off some of its energy...i feel so sorry for it!

    sorry for the vent but I had to tell some one that would understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cas View Post
    they tell me it is just a stupid dog and it will get used to being outside.
    If it was stupid, it would just sleep all day or be entertained by the simplest of things and be fine, wouldn't it! But Kelpies are far from stupid, brightest dogs around if you ask me!

    Sometimes I wish you could swap the positions in situations like this... Let the dog go out for the day with some people and lock his owners in that tiny courtyard with just a kennel and a water fountain all day... if they complain at all... that is just because they're stupid.

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    There might be nothing the RSPCA can do - tho they're working on getting enrichment laws brought in.

    But your local council can do something.

    1. is the dog registered (fine $ if not)
    2. noise complaints.

    for the noise complaints to be most effective, keep a log of when the dog starts barking and when it stops. Most councils rate - 6 continuous minutes in any given hour as a problem. Even better if you record some of it eg 20 solid minutes of a dog barking and you have a case - just don't point a camera over the fence. Or if you do - don't admit to it.

    You need to get the ranger to come around while the dog is barking - pretty easy if it barks all day and they're at work - and that's during normal business hours. Even better if you give the ranger access to your back yard so he (or she) can see the problem. It's reasonably easy to get a ranger to come during business hours - near impossible after hours.

    There is also something the council can do if the neighbours are not picking up after the dog too. Hygeine problems etc.

    If it's a rental place - you may also have recourse to the landlord (council might be able to help with their contact details since that's the rate payer or council will contact them for you if they agree with your noise complaint).

    Probably the first thing the council will do - is ask the neighbours to do something about the problem and maybe offer then a citronella collar - sad for the dog - and may work on kelpie but not guaranteed.

    The collars tend to work best on stupid dogs.

    If the collar damages the dog's neck rubbing holes in the fur - you have a case for the RSPCA.

    So if the barking continues after that - you can get the council ranger back again - remember to keep logs the whole time.

    Also if they decide to use an electric collar - that's illegal in South Australia and you have another case for the RSPCA.

    Citronella collars hiss when they release the citronella (until they're empty - some dogs figure out how to empty the collar), electric collars will make the dog jump or cringe but there will be no hiss.

    Sad for the dog but even sadder if those people get to keep it there.

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    Why do people insist on getting kelpies and thinking they can languish outside? A keplpie is one of the smartest dogs and has an incredible work ethic. I have one myself, she is my sheepdog. Torture would be to be left alone with no interaction. I also have a rescue Kelpie that came from a similar situation. By the age of 7 months he was completely out of control and going mad. He started to scale massive fences out of desperation and was scheduled to be euthanaised by the owners. The were not very nice people either.

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    my husband convinced them to let him take it out for a run today, so it all quiet at the moment! it is the crying I cant stand, i cant bear hearing it so miserable. They told us that the dog is a rescue, i hope the rescue do a follow up and a yard check but I doubt it, there are so many dogs looking for homes and so few people to care for them in the mean time that it is unlikely they will follow it up. Thanks Hyacinth for the info, i will get onto the council on monday! I dont want to get them in trouble but the dog deserves so much more! I dont understand why people in the city buy farm dogs! it needs to run and do what is was breed to not sit in a boring concrete box for 22 hours a day!

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    Find out which rescue and let them know.

    ie say what a lovely dog - where did they get it from (or get someone else to ask).

    If it's RSPCA or AWL - they probably won't be able to help much but other rescues would be mortified and probably have a way to take the dog back. Most of the ones on Petrescue do a yard check before the dog goes to the home. But the AWL and RSPCA don't. Sadly.

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    Most rescues are very careful where they send a working breed because otherwise they tend to become boomerang dogs. Weird that they let a kelpie go into that situation. That is often why farmers will shoot dogs that dont work out as working dogs because ending up in a situation like that would be worse.

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    Don't expect the R$PCA to do anything because they just don't care unless there's money in it for them.

    There are many people who treat their dogs like this and it doesn't matter what breed or size of yard as people like this should never be allowed to own a dog.

    In time like so many other poor dogs who have never been given love... the correct training or very little human contact will end up in the pound...because the "owner" claims the dog is uncontrollable. I don't know what you can do as no one seems to care which is very sad.
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    When they say the dog is a rescue... do they mean its from a rescue organisation? Or just that they took it off someone else's hands who couldn't look after it any more.... :/
    Last edited by maddogdodge; 01-18-2015 at 12:34 PM.

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    We have a similar situation with the pug next door. When they first got it it was walked, but not any more. It runs around outside their house behind high brick walls so it can't even see out. It barks when we are outside in the back garden playing fetch or water play with Maggie, its pitiful, soooooooo bored. But fed and watered so nothing I can do.

    4 hours later

    Happily saw them down the dog beach so pleased.
    Last edited by farrview; 01-18-2015 at 11:25 PM.

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