Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rant: Off-leash Neighborhood Pups

Am I the only one who thinks this is ridiculous?

There are two dogs (that I know of) in my neighborhood who's owners let them run around off-leash.  The one (male) lives across the street and it just runs through everyone's yards and poops and pees wherever it wants.  I've had to clean up after him, and it is not fun, especially since I'm used to corgi-sized poop and this is a bigger dog.  The other lives around the corner, so I do not see it as often,  but it's a non-spayed female who we've run into on walks and I've actually seen her in heat!  I couldn't believe it and then remembered seeing a sign for lab puppies in front of their house last summer.  I'm not sure if the male across the street from us is in-tact, but he acts like he is..marking his territory all over the place.   Isn't this sooo irresponsible??  Especially the female..do people want random litters of puppies?   We want to say something, but being the new kids on the block it seems like it's not our place to?  Urgh...just had to rant!!  Thanks for listening :)

7 comments:

a corgi said...

this is my biggest complaint too Kelly especially since Koda is not friendly around other dogs and inevitably we meet a non-leashed dog without an owner around on our walks. I've never been able to figure out a way how to control it either; it is the law where I live for dogs to be leashed but by the time you call animal control and they come, usually the dog is back inside the yard

betty

Jenna Z said...

Our old neighborhood used to be much worse about this. There was a group of people who got together in our park and let their dogs have a high old time even though the park was NOT an off leash park, was NOT fenced in and signs posted stated dogs must be on leash. I called the cops because I got tired of having to walk on the other side of the street and still worry about dogs coming over to us. Now we just have one nearby dog that is fenced in but has a knack for finding his way out. I'm tired of CAT POOP in my garden all the time! Cats should be indoor animals! How can people just let their pets roam around free to get hit by cars, eaten by hawks or who knows what? I also get a little tired of our neighbor who plays catch with his kid in the front yard and it spills over into our yard. I am fine with the kid coming over but their dog follows too. MY dog knows his yard and his boundaries, even though our front yard isn't fenced in. I think he deserves the right to not have his property invaded by some other dog. Call animal control. The owners will either fence them in or get tired of picking them up and hopefully the dog gets a better home. I've seen both happen.

Kelly said...

ugh I HATE cat poop in our yard! They poop in our flower beds and Gibson ALWAYS knows when it's there and will run to it to grab a bite to eat :(

Corgidogmama~ said...

Last Mother's Day, I was walking Addie, our female tri, in our neighborhood, a block from our home. A pit bull tore out of a house, dragging a 4-5 year old boy, and charged us both. I kept kicking at it, got knocked down, and tried to keep it away from my little girl dog. Oh, it was awful. She got loose, and tore down the street. I begged the woman to go get her as I tried to get back up on two arthritic knees. Not easy! Anyway, the outcome was, they had TWO pitbulls living in a rental house, where they were to have none, and I called the home owner in Ohio, and finally, he evicted them. My dog, still, will not walk in our own neighborhood, She balks at our property line!

Kelly said...

Oh my gosh!! Glad those pit-bulls were run out of that house, that had to have been scary! Luckily there are no aggressive dogs in my neighborhood that I know of..

MoonMystic said...

We have pit bulls, chows, dobermans all running loose in our area. I simply cannot walk The Clan. It's impossible. Of course that leads to dealing with problem behaviors at home. But better that than dead dogs at the hands of the neighbors. Animal control won't help. Of course when a disgruntled employee decided to harass us by calling them on us, they showed up real quick. It's so beyond frustrating. If we have to be outside, I carry a can of mace.

Dances with Corgis said...

It's one thing to let the dog off-leash while you are walking him and right there with him. I sometimes walk Linus off leash however have poop bags with me and will pick up after him- and he goes on the sidewalk anyways.

But to let them run around unattended? Very bad.

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