Some dog's owners! SHEESH!!

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So I am at work and hear some lady screaming HELP HELP HELP!!!!

She is one of our regular customers and she uses a scooter. She was on the scooter with her toddler granddaughter in her lap and a pitbull was coming after her. I ran out of the shop at the same time a guy from the department of transportation working on the road ran up with a shovel in hand to make sure the dog didn't bite her. He was nice enough to escort her home. The whole time this dog was barking, kicking its back legs and growling.

Then the dog disappears. A few minutes later a customer comes up and I hear barking again. I had to grab a stick and escort this man out to his car with a wire rod in my hand.

I did try to see if I could get the dog to calm down. It got close, whimpered a bit, then ran off barking again. I was able to observe that the dog was unaltered, had no collar and looked thin. I thought it was abandoned. I called animal control. A barking, snarling pitbull is not good for business and all. Plus I know all the people around here and didn't want them eaten. (Well, maybe one or two of them...but they weren't handy)

Not more than 1 minute before animal control gets here, a guy who recently moved in 2 doors down pulled up and I stuck my head out to warn him about the dog. But the dog was gone. Then I see animal control pull up, go talk to him, then they shake hands. Then he comes to see me.

Yes, the dog belonged to the idiot new neighbor. :he This is the guy who has taken up the hobby of sitting on an old broken down car in his driveway while wearing a wife beater, blasting music and drinking out of a paper bag. :rolleyes: But the animal control officer didn't give him a ticket, no warning, and he didn't even go look at the dog. WTF?!?!?!

This on top of me being woken up at 3:00am 2 nights in a row by the next door neighbor's dog. It isn't barking. It is howling. Howling because it is lonely! The neighbors consist of a single dad and 3 young boys. He works all day, the kids are in school, and when the kids come home, they don't even check on the dog. The hop on their bikes and disappear. At night, the dog is still chained outside. WTF do they even HAVE A DOG?!?!?!

I have taken up talking to him over the fence. He is a bit skittish, but doesn't bark. No tail wagging though. We'll see if I can make friends with him and at least give him some company when I am doing yard work and tending ducks.

GAAA!!!!! Some dog's owners really piss me off!!!!
 

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we ended up "rescuing" a dog in a similar situation. Close to where my husband worked, There was no one living at the house, but they had the dog tied up there with a dog house (that had a major hole in the roof- so no shelter from rain or snow) and every few days someone would come out, yell and kick the dog because the poor thing was turning itself inside out trying to get some affection, and give it some cheap kibble and water. Periodically, he would manage to get free from the rope and wander the neighborhood. Finally, I told my husband that if he got loose again we would be taking the dog home. Sure enough, he got loose again. I coaxed him into the car with a plain hamburger from the local drive in, and brought him to the vet first- where we discovered he had worms and a big bare scarred spot on his neck from the collar being too small. I contacted the Humane Society, but no one ever called about missing the dog in 10 days (I was hoping that no one would call because legally I would have had to give him back then. I was able to place him through a Rescue, with a family in the next county that adores him.
I don't feel any guilt for essentially "stealing" the dog. I think I probably saved his life.
 

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i hate dog owners like that...
more so the pitty owner.
the breed has such an undeserved bad rap that the folks that do own them should be doing everything in their power to prove the media and people wrong...but idiots like that guy. *grr*
please, everytime you see the dog out unleashed file a complaint...
im not one to complain usually but your customers sound like they are in danger from a very undersocilized (and quite frankly very insecure dog) and the dog is in danger of being hurt by a car or someone ealitating to its behaviour...
the squeaky wheel and all that.

i hate when AC just smile nod and let them off...grr.

as for the neighbors with the lawn ornament...i dont understand that kind of dog owner either...

people think im nutz becaus of how i treat my dogs...but at least i know where they are, what there doing and that there happy...
 

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Aw catch that Pitty and ship it to me. He/she is probably just not given enough attention. My dog acys like that with new folks sometimes, but she just wants her butt scratched and is having difficulties with her English :lol: Poor dog, stupid people shouldn't be allowed to be owned by Pitties. :/
 

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I feel so sorry for both dogs and want to bitchslap the owners!!!!!!
 

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well, you don't need to feel sorry for Buddy anymore. He is in dog heaven now!

I am just really happy that he was still sweet and friendly and trainable. He was just under two years old. We know his age because he was tattoo'd in his ear, and the rescue was able to trace the "puppy mill" he came from originally.
 

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A year or so ago, my brother was walking home from the bus stop and a neighbor's dog was on the sidewalk, growling at them, unleashed. My brother said, "Hey lady, can you get your dog?" The woman responded, "He is doing EXACTLY what dogs are supposed to do!" and refused to do a thing. My brother rolled his eyes and walked onto the other side of the street. He heard the woman say, "sic 'em!" and the dog charged after them and bit my nephew's leg! My brother called animal control and they issued a citation, but they basically did nothing at all. A few weeks later, my neice was bitten as she came home from school, and they called the police. And ambulance came and took her to get stitches at the hospital, and the family was told they needed to keep their dog indoors for 30 days. That was it. My brother called to complain and they told him they just "don't have the funds" to enforce anything like actually taking the dog! The family moved, but they still own the house, so my brother commented how, once they move back, he will be sure to have a shotgun ready if that dog is roaming free.

I just don't get why people do this. Why have a dog if you're not going to make it part of the family, teach it basic socializing skills, etc.? It doesn't even have to be excessive, but some BASIC training or caring for the animal!!!
 

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We have a blue heeler, we've had him for 10 years, and we love him.

He does not love being in the house. He is 100% an outdoor farm dog.

And he bites.

We know he bites, so we keep him UTD with rabies, and for the protection of friends/family/visitors, he is not allowed to roam free.

He has bite 4 people. Only 1 time did we intentionally having him roaming free - and the person (family member) he bit was opening the door to my house and coming in uninvited. This person had also just got out of prison for B & E.

Second person he bit, went into his chained area (don't flip out on me, he's no longer chained) and Earnhardt bit her, because she was also running after our oldest DD, so he was doing what he thought necessary to protect "his family".

Third person he bit was my step dad - who thought he'd be a smarty pants and walk up to Earnhardt in his area. Earnhardt was not running loose - step dad's own stupidity.

Fourth person, he slipped his collar off and not a one of us saw him coming! We were standing in the driveway chatting with some neighbors, and of the 5 of us out there, he chose to bite the gossipy back stabber. :lol:

He wears a muzzle at the vets office - but he's never even once even growled at our vet.

We've moved him to FIL's yard for special occassions like cookouts, etc.

Yes, this is the same dog I ran from a few weeks ago :lol:

When it's just us at home, he gets free roam of our yard - but we have to be out with him since the yard is not fenced. He now lives in the kennel we got from keljonma - safer for him, safer for visitors.

He IS our watch dog, that's why we have him.

Zoe, our redbone, is our lick you to death and love all over you dog. But her size DOES help deter people from just coming around. Zoe is an indoor/outdoor dog. She was outside for the summer, but she's in the house now. She's good with the kids, and doesn't really do anything terribly bad - except once in awhile digs into the trash....which makes me mad....and sometimes gets on my bed, but that used to be OK. Not OK now since there's a baby in our bed, so we just say get off our bed and she listens.

Neither dog bothers the livestock, which is their best traits ever!

We love our dogs, but we don't have them set up as the same level as the people. :)
 
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