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    Hi girls..

    i dont know if you'll know, and my local council's website is a bit everywhere and i can't really understand it..

    What happens if your dog keeps playing houdini and escaping your back fence??

    The reason i ask, is that my mum has a neighbour with a BEAUTIFUL pure breed staffy, but Mia (dogs name) LOVES mums house and keeps getting over/under/biting through the fence to get to mums..

    It's happened 7 odd times in the matter of 3 weeks now.. First time she called me all frazzled and asked what to do, once i figured out it was a staffy i told her not to call the ranger (as i was worried the dog would go to the pound and be judged on her breed - staffies are wayyy to common in perth to be given a fair go atm)..

    We managed to get through to the owner which was ok (didnt answer the first 5 times and we thought it was an old number hence the ranger talk)... they picked her up and said thanks.. BUT IT KEEPS happening..

    I don't want mum to call the ranger, as i'm scared the dog will pay the ultimate price for purely wanting to get out of the heat (mums home all the time with the aircon on, so the dog comes through the back gate and plonks herself in front of the aircon panting away), but we go away soon for 2 weeks in the middle of feb (hottest month usually)...

    Im worried (as is mum!) what will happen if Mia comes for a visit and she;'s not there... This week alone she's visited 3 times and it's only thursday!

    The owners are obviously leaving her outside, and the dog is hot/wants company and is going in search for it (im guessing when the owners are home they have aircon and the dog is well treated as she goes to jump on mums couch as if its normal business loL) they're doing their best to stop her escaping and we can see the changes they have made but its obviously not enough..

    So the question lies, what happens to her if this happens when we're not there and the ranger catches her... Im hoping i can tell the owners so they can re-think their strategies..

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    Are the owners approachable? if they are your best shot is to have a good talk to them and highlight your concerns of the ranger taking her away if she gets out when your not there....this would hopefully knock some sense into them. best of luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodz View Post
    Hi girls..

    i dont know if you'll know, and my local council's website is a bit everywhere and i can't really understand it..

    What happens if your dog keeps playing houdini and escaping your back fence??

    The reason i ask, is that my mum has a neighbour with a BEAUTIFUL pure breed staffy, but Mia (dogs name) LOVES mums house and keeps getting over/under/biting through the fence to get to mums..

    It's happened 7 odd times in the matter of 3 weeks now.. First time she called me all frazzled and asked what to do, once i figured out it was a staffy i told her not to call the ranger (as i was worried the dog would go to the pound and be judged on her breed - staffies are wayyy to common in perth to be given a fair go atm)..

    We managed to get through to the owner which was ok (didnt answer the first 5 times and we thought it was an old number hence the ranger talk)... they picked her up and said thanks.. BUT IT KEEPS happening..

    I don't want mum to call the ranger, as i'm scared the dog will pay the ultimate price for purely wanting to get out of the heat (mums home all the time with the aircon on, so the dog comes through the back gate and plonks herself in front of the aircon panting away), but we go away soon for 2 weeks in the middle of feb (hottest month usually)...

    Im worried (as is mum!) what will happen if Mia comes for a visit and she;'s not there... This week alone she's visited 3 times and it's only thursday!

    The owners are obviously leaving her outside, and the dog is hot/wants company and is going in search for it (im guessing when the owners are home they have aircon and the dog is well treated as she goes to jump on mums couch as if its normal business loL) they're doing their best to stop her escaping and we can see the changes they have made but its obviously not enough..

    So the question lies, what happens to her if this happens when we're not there and the ranger catches her... Im hoping i can tell the owners so they can re-think their strategies..
    Hi Jodz,

    I'm a bit puzzled to tell the truth. If your mother goes away for a while, and the dog gets into your Mum's yard, via jumping fence, biting through fence etc, how is the ranger going to get her?

    Or is your Mum's yard not fully fenced, and Mia can then ascape out the front into the public road/walkway?

    Normally if a council ranger seizes a dog, they will do all they can to ascertain ownership. Hopefully Mia is microchipped and registered with the local council there. However, for the owner to pick Mia up, yes, they will have to pay a fine. TBH I find this a good way to get through to ppl - hit them in the hip-pocket and they take their escaping canine a little more seriously!

    As I say, this is normally the case - may not be consistent everywhere in Asutralia, though, but is the general procedure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Hi Jodz,

    I'm a bit puzzled to tell the truth. If your mother goes away for a while, and the dog gets into your Mum's yard, via jumping fence, biting through fence etc, how is the ranger going to get her?

    Or is your Mum's yard not fully fenced, and Mia can then ascape out the front into the public road/walkway?

    Normally if a council ranger seizes a dog, they will do all they can to ascertain ownership. Hopefully Mia is microchipped and registered with the local council there. However, for the owner to pick Mia up, yes, they will have to pay a fine. TBH I find this a good way to get through to ppl - hit them in the hip-pocket and they take their escaping canine a little more seriously!

    As I say, this is normally the case - may not be consistent everywhere in Asutralia, though, but is the general procedure.

    Good Point!
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    Sorry for the confusion!

    Mia (dog) lives 4 doors down so not a next door neighbour per say.. Just one day she ran down the driveway and decided she liked it there so keeps coming back every time she escapes.

    Mum has a latice gate she leaves open for the cats at the front of the house and she leaves the backdoor open for them to come and go hence how mia is getting in and into the aircon..

    When mum isn't there mia can't get in at all, the fence is wayy to high for a staffy to jump (little leg big fences idea) so it's not a problem when she's home as mums more then happy to have her inside/outside whilst the owners finish work etc.

    it's more when mums not home and mia comes running in sees the door isn't open and decides to keep wandering.. We have very good and quick rangers in the area..

    What my main concern is though, what happens if it happens 3 times a week?(like this week for example) Will the dog be confiscated if it continues to happen??

    I agree getting hit with an 80 - 100 dollar impound fee will defiantly make them more vigilant one would hope, but i honestly don't think they're NOT trying, i think she just keeps finding new ways lol

    I know she's not my dog, and she's not mine or my mums responsibility, but both of us care too damn much sometimes, and it's really worrying my mum that mia will cop the brunt of her owners hours... Hence why i am on a bit of a mission to work out the what if's so maybe they might leave her inside or something when we're not here

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    i would call the ranger.. Seriously it would make the onwers pull their finger out. Mia might bite someone and will have to be put down. U gotta be cruel to be nice

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    Taa for sorting out my confusion Jodz.

    Now, I really hope this comes across the right way...so here goes.
    IMHO no matter how much a person loves dogs, feels sorry for the situation another person's dog may be in, it usually is a major mistake allowing someone else's dog to escape and 'visit.'

    It is teaching the dog it is okay and rewarding to escape their own premises, as better things, airconditioning and company are just down the road.

    I understand that the owners seem to be doing everything they can to stop this girl escaping, but in truth they are not doing enough - the bottom line is - she IS escaping. Their responsibility.
    I would be speaking to them at length. I would be making it very clear what is probably going to happen when your mother goes away if they don't fix their yard/fencing etc IMMEDIATELY.

    Jodz, that is all you can do. It's up to them then...

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    *nods*

    i agree with you completely Clea, I've told mum if it keeps happening she is going to have to call someone about and let them deal with..

    I wasn't there to speak to the family today, i had to helpa gf move but mum has asked if i can pop around and talk to them, apparently i am now a dog whisperer in my mum eyes lOL (ok no, i just have a nicer way of saying things then my mums bluntness )


    Fingers crossed it goes well

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