Anonymous

Unleashed neighbor dogs

We just moved to our new house and we found out that our neighbor's dogs will come by our yard and roam all the way down the street completely unleashed and without their owner ... They have destroyed our path lights and they poop and pee in our yard... They are two very huge German Shepherds. I’m so scared because we have a nine month infant and he will probably be walking by summer. The only reason we bought this house is for the yard and now we are scared to use it... We asked our other neighbors and they told us that they’ve tried shouting at the owner and yet he still unleashes his dogs.. I have taken pictures and videos of the dogs roaming our house...what should I do now ?

  • Anonymous
    Feb 20

    Does your town have a leash law? I would recommend chatting with your city’s/town’s animal control officer. They should be able to assist or provide guidance - and good job in documenting- that should help! I would also ensure you indicate you would like to remain anonymous in case they do approach your neighbor as you want to keep the peace. We had a similar situation happen as our town didn’t have a leash law but property damage is not allowed regardless.

  • PK
    Feb 20

    I would approach the owner of the dogs yourself and explain that there is an infant in the neighborhood now that will be walking soon. You want to be able to walk freely in the neighborhood without fear. If they seem to be understanding, give them a chance. If they don’t comply.. look up leash laws in your area. You can talk to the owner and mention these violations (off leash and him not picking up after his pets) and ask him again that you don’t want to call animal control - final warning. Then if he doesn’t listen again.. call animal control. My brother has a German Shepherd who is the nicest dog ever. Because of her size however she will unintentionally knock over my 2 yr old . If he tries to argue that they are gentle.. it doesn’t matter. What he’s doing is illegal and there can always be accidents.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 20

    I am an animal lover, but even so I don’t necessarily want my someone else’s dog in my yard (especially going to the bathroom, when my 18 month old likes to play outside!) I had this exact situation happen, after several failed attempts I called animal control. They were actually very nice, they did not hurt the dog or take him from his owner permanently, but they did give the owner a ticket for letting his dog run around without a leash, etc. We never saw the dog out of his own yard without a leash again and I remained anonymous in my complaint. (which you can request in order to not have a potential issue with your -human- neighbors) :) hope this helps

  • Vicki
    Feb 20

    I second contacting animal control. If you have a homeowner association, you might also try reaching out to them. Sometimes even though a city or town doesn’t have a leash law, a neighborhood will. If none of that works you could put up a fence around your yard. I would hope it doesn’t come to that tho...

  • Ivy
    Feb 20

    I’ve had to put up a fence around our yard, but the side strip lawn is still free game... and the smaller dogs go in through the fence still. I love animals and even if poop wasn’t the issue, I’d want to call animal control for the pet’s safety. One specific dog got hit by a car and was limping for days. My husband has told the owner that the dog is always wandering to our yard. We haven’t seen the dog in a while now, so we haven’t called animal control. A second small dog wanders constantly to our lawn too, and we ended up putting signs up about kids being at play so pick up poop. It has helped. The dog comes out everyday, but I see the owner chasing after him now, instead of letting it wander for hours like in the past. I still wish they did a better job, because I would hate seeing the dog get hurt by a speeding car. If it gets worse for us again this summer, I’ll call animal control, for the dog’s sake. I realized we will always have animal poop on our lawn because of all the stray cats targeting our area. I’ve had to spray citrus oil to try keeping them away. It truly sucks when I have young toddlers and bought our property for the land

  • Sherimae Rittgers
    Feb 20

    If you feel comfortable talking with your neighbor, I would start there. If you aren't, call animal control. They will talk to the neighbor.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 20

    Talk to the neighbor. Get a fence put in. And if that doesn’t work call animal control.

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 20

    This would be a huge problem for me. I would try just once talking to the owners and if they don’t help and stop letting their domesticated animals run around wild I would call animal control, police, etc until things are resolved. I have no tolerance for other people’s animals behaving poorly, especially when it comes to the safety of myself and my family.

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 20

    If you’re not comfortable talking directly to the neighbor, I would send a letter. If you are comfortable talking to them I’d still send a letter after summarizing what was said and agreed upon. Documentation is key and you may eventually have to go to court over it if they continue to be terrible owners and their animals continue to behave poorly. Your neighbors likely won’t like the discussion or the letter. I’ve never met bad pet owners who were open and kind when it comes to discussing their poorly behaved animals. Also continue to take and save pics as well as document dates and times you see them on your property (especially after you talk to them). They should be footing the bill for your fence or buying their own fence. Depending on your location and local laws this may be possible, but only if you document. Good luck.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 20

    Call animal control - they are not being properly cared for.

  • Joanna
    Feb 20

    We sprayed a a pet deterrent on our mulched area in the front lawn and installed a floodlight with Ring camera. We can sound a loud alarm and bright lights at the dog if needed. And keep videos of property damage. Nextdoor app might be a good place to chat with neighbors on local enforcement. Our problem is a woman who pretends to pick up poop but doesn't. I don't recognize her or the dog to know where they live. The spray works for a short while and then needs to be reapplied. Just our experience. Lots of good advice above. Good luck.

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Feb 20

    Call animal control next time they are loose in your yard.

  • Laura
    Feb 21

    You guys act like putting a fence up doesn’t cost thousands of dollars... that’s a tough solution for someone that just bought a house. Plus you can’t always and most people don’t want to fence in a front yard. My advice is If you have a HOA then use them, this is exactly one of the best things about having one are and you can stay anonymous. . You could also leave a well written non threatening note asking them to abide by the leash laws. I would remain anonymous as long as you can. If neither works call animal control every single time.

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 21

    @laura, agreed. That’s why I was saying that the crappy pet owners should have to be putting up fences to keep their dogs in, not the new homeowners to keep dogs out. Depending on where you live, the size of the yard, and what the local laws and agreements are regarding putting up fences, you can expect to spend several thousand dollars or more. It’s always better to document and force the people whose dogs are behaving poorly to take care of their problems. Bad pet owners really grind my gears. You don’t buy a house with a big yard just to have to be afraid to go outside or step in dog crap every time you do because someone thinks it’s cool to let their animals destroy the neighborhood.

  • Fuzzyjelbud
    Feb 21

    Ugh. As a dog owner, I get so mad at straight up lazy, irresponsible and inconsiderate dog owners. I had two German Shepards growing up, and they are definitely big enough to knock down an adult, let alone a toddler. Call animal control. Do not feel bad about calling animal control. Do these two dogs have a pact mentality? Are they aggressive in any way? Besides the poop issue, it is just so damn irresponsible to let two large dogs roam the neighborhood; they might start to think that the entire neighborhood is their territory and get protective and territorial. I agree with Laura. You shouldn’t have to spend your own money to deal with someone’s dogs running loose. Protecting our babies is our number one job, so don’t be afraid to call animal control or speak with the owner face to face.

  • Mel
    Feb 21

    We have had a similar issue with a neighbor’s dogs. They bark and lunge at anyone who gets near and are constantly pooping in our yard. The neighbor is nice about it but has neglected to put up a fence or do anything to prevent the dogs from roaming. She mostly only lets them out at night so it’s not much of an issue for our toddler, except for the poop!!! This summer as the days grow longer and we are outside more, I imagine I will have to call animal control. I have called the police non-emergency when one of her dogs was outside for hours and kept coming to our door whining. They were wonderful and were able to catch the dog and get her back inside the house. I made them aware of the situation, although they neglected to write a ticket or give a warning. The only reason I haven’t called animal control is because our neighbor is nice & apologetic, and will clean up any dog poop we find. If your neighbor is not nice about it, I wouldn’t hesitate to call animal control. Any dog who is unleashed is considered “out of control” and if it barks or is aggressive or comes at you in any way you can dial 911! Good luck!

  • Kelligrace
    Feb 24

    Call animal control and report him