There are no gaps in our fence and the fence posts are buried a fair way underground but SWF is left outside 24/7 and hasn't left the yard in the almost 3yrs that we've been in this house so he has a lot of time to dig. He hasn't gotten through the fence in a while, we ended up laying chicken wire and concrete about 50cm into the ground. He still digs from his side but can't get through to ours. Unfortunately his owners are the laziest, rudest people I've ever met so there is no way that they'd be bothered to chicken wire/concrete their side of the fence. Everytime I hang my washing out, he's at the fence barking at me and 90% of the time his owners are outside too, either smoking or drinking, and not once have they even said "be quiet" to him.. They just ignore it. I couldn't imagine my dogs barking at someone and me being 2-3 meters away and not trying to stop them. One time he got into our yard, I spent a good 45 minutes trying to catch him so I could return him but everytime I made contact with him, he'd bite me and run away again. I eventually ended up making enough noise and being scary enough that he went back through the hole he dug, I looked through the gaps in the wooden fence and his owner was sitting there, with a cigarette and had she had just been watching me chase her dog around my yard...
He's a very lucky pooch, Molly loves playing 'rough' with small dogs and the more they scream, the more fun she has...
And that's why my dog stays in the house when I'm out...I won't sit on my hands and say "it's their problem" if my dog is being put at risk!
But how much can we be expected to compensate for the failings of our neighbours. There's a balance between doing nothing and being exploited or abused.
At about 10pm on Saturday night we had two staffy's out our front door, barking like mad because they knew our dogs were inside. I checked their collars but they had no phone numbers so there was nothing I could do. We shut the door and then had to put up with them barking at it for a few hours until they finally wandered off.
I went to get a few groceries this morning, the store is a 2 minute drive away and I only needed a few things so didn't worry about putting the dogs inside. I got home and found these two dogs attacking my dogs through the fence and they had almost dug completely under it (our front fence is only wire but our dogs aren't ones to escape so it's never been an issue). They ran when they saw me me and then went and slipped under the fence of the people across the road.. They killed their 13yr old boys pet chicken (which was almost 12yrs old!!) the poor boy was soooo distraught. I called the pound and then found the dogs trying to slip under our other neighbours fence (who have a cat that spends all day in their backyard) so I got a leash and went and caught them. While waiting for the council, one of them managed to chew right through my leash.
So in 10 minutes they managed to damage my fence, kill a boy's pet and destroy my leash. I don't really care much about my leash, it's my own fault for putting it on the dog but I just felt sooooo sorry for the neighbours son, he was crying his eyes out. It's just a chicken but he had owned it basically his entire life.
The pound guy said that they will have to pay to get their dogs out and then also pay a fine for them killing the chicken but there is no way that they can be made to replace the chicken, or even apologize for it. Let's just hope that they have a heart and feel at least a little bad about what their dogs did.
That's if the dogs' owner can be found.The pound guy said that they will have to pay to get their dogs out
You can't make people apologise. To get the money for the chicken - you'd probably have to sue.
If you put in a formal complaint about the dogs being on your property and trying to attack your dogs - you should be able to get them declared dangerous or menacing which means they're not ever allowed out without muzzles and leads, and they have to be secured in a locked dog proof run on the owner's property.
you get all the neighbours to complain together - and the dogs should get declared - for killing the chicken, and attacking your dogs and whatever else they've done.
Part 4 Regulated dog declarations
89 Power to make a declaration section 2:
(2) A dangerous dog declaration may be made for a dog only if
(a) has seriously attacked, or acted in a way that caused fear
to, a person or another animal; or
(b) may, in the opinion of an authorised person having
regard to the way the dog has behaved towards a person
or another animal, seriously attack, or act in a way that
causes fear to, the person or animal.
Crikey ... sometimes owning dogs can be a bloody nightmare hey.
It would want to be a bloody big dog or a suicidal one that would dig under my fence LOL.
When we first moved in my Ridgeback tried to dig under the fence....couldn't blame him...going from free range acerage to fenced in suburbia. Anyway i went and bought a few bags of cement and some brown pavers and paved under the fence lines. Cost under $100 and even the goofs havent tried to dig out.
Another good way to stop dogs digging is to buy a sheet of concrete mesh and cut it into 700mm or so lengths and just lay it on the grass. Big time pain in the arse to dig through it but easy to lift up and mow and it dosnt stop the grass growing either.
Definently the neighbours drama 99, but if you need a cheap removable solution consider the concrete mesh option. Its also called 'reo' as in concrete reinforcing steele mesh in some places. Your neighbour sounds like a bit of a **** if he thinks it your problem ......but i can also understand you not wanting to get offside with your new neighbours. Lucky for the GSD pup old Sammy was on the job !!
They had registration tags so owners were able to be traced.
A man from the pound actually phoned me late yesterday afternoon to say thank you for being 'brave enough' to catch them he said that he had a list of 30+ details of people who had phoned up to report them so they must've been quite menacing.
We're going away today for a week and MIL is staying here to look after the pets, she works 7am-6pm so will have to leave the dogs outside while she's away. Fingers crossed these dogs are much more secure.
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