Skip to comments.Went to the mail box and was aggressed by new neighbors Pit Bull (Freeper opinions requested)
Posted on 08/07/2013 6:37:18 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
I retired 10 years ago to take of elderly parents. Dad died peacefully last year and Mom is still kicking.
After spending the afternoon in the eye doc's office with Mom, came home and, after settling her down, went for the mail.
New neighbor has a Pit-Bull and today this dog was loose. As I went to the mail box, the dog ran over to the middle of the street (perhaps 15 feet away) and bared his teeth.
His owners were in the yard but did not call the dog. At the same time a UPS truck stop in front of their house, but the driver refused to get out of his truck.
Question is "what steps do I take as a good citizen?"
The next door neighbors inherited the house from the girl's grandmother. The girl's husband is a born again Christian...but he was previously in prison for drugs.
Pit Bull is young but large and aggressive.
Freeper opinions appreciated.
BTW, I have cats who lounge around in the front yard. If this dog kills my cats...I am apt to become upset. And an upset Freeper (armed to the teeth) is not a nice thing to behold.
Step One - Complain to Animal Control, make sure there is a paper trail that this dog is aggressive
Got it...will do that first thing in the morning.
Go talk to the neighbor and ask him to kindly keep his dog secured. Only escalate if that approach fails.
Call the police and report it.
Find something for self defense.
Let you neighbors know (by registered mail) that you felt threatened and how letting their dog run loose is a violation of city ordinances
Get some photos
It is all about documentation to CYA if something bad happens...
SO when you have to shoot it, there is a record
Thx much...will do.
Do you have something that can videograph the dog’s behavior?
“Welcome to to the neighborhood. Nice house you have there. If your dog bites me, it’ll be my house.”
Explain it to the neighbor on his property one time.
Then your conscience is clear to do what you have to.
Hi, MY 2 cent.. I have Danes, And they are protective yet not easily illed...I would suggest since this will be a long term thing. HAve the owner introduce you to the dog...talk to him about it to set it up. You and the owner and the dog hang out in their front yard...good way to get to know all the new neighbors. Then the dog will know your scent and body outline and swagger.
Next time you see the neighbors, ask them where they prefer the body of the dog be placed after you shoot it...front door? Back patio?
And sound like a genuinely accomodating neighbor.
This is one for the Doggie Ping List.
I am well-armed but wasn’t carrying when I went to the mail box.
Pit bulls used to be a terrific breed...bad owners past 30 yrs have caused a lot of damage...
There is a true story of a pit bull who was a genuine war hero who ‘served’ with troops in WWI, receiving citations from Pershing and even captured a German soldier by himself.
Sgt. Stubby the dog
If black, MOVE. Their dog will eventually kill you.
If white, and if you felt threatened by their dog, it needs to be reported (Animal control or police; not sure which). Think of it this way: Your actions now could end up saving a child's life LATER. This owner needs to learn leash laws and that their dog is cocked firearm.
Establish a paper trail. There’s probably a leash law. Call the cops routinely. If the dog menaces/charges kill it or it will kill you.
And I don't think he will be sweet if he comes into my yard to kill my cats.
You know what has to be done. just go ahead and do it. Where I live long, long ago in a case like yours, you would explain the problem to the dog’s owner and the problem would be taken care of. But those days have went the way of the dodo bird.
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