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I have two dogs that are indoors, but when they need to go out we have a cable tie out for them. We also have a cat who prefers to be outdoors at all times. We put food out for her several times a day. She stays either in our yard or our neighbors' (they're fine with her being there as she catches moles and mice)<br>
There is another family up the street who also has a dog. I'm not sure if he's primarily indoors or out, but he's always running the neighborhood. He comes into our yard and pesters our dogs. I've talked with the owner about this twice. They tell me that he gets out when kids come and go and that they can't keep in their (fenced in) yard.<br>
Today, I put food out for our cat. The food had been out for maybe 5 minutes when our dogs start going crazy. The neighbors dog had come up onto our porch and was eating our cat's food. I went to the neighbor and told her what had happened, that I wasn't really happy. She said the same thing her son told me last time "You're the only person to have a problem with him. He gets along with everyone else."<br>
I told her that this is an ongoing problem, that the dog is in our yard 2-3 times a week. She makes more excuses as to why the dog is always out. I'm sick of not being able to put my dogs out (our yard isn't fenced in yet) without this dog being in our yard, and I can't afford to feed him on top of our animals too. Should I call animal control since this family doesn't seem willing to do anything to ensure their dog isn't a problem? I really don't want to, but I'm getting sick of him being in our yard all the time.
 

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I would call animal control the next time you see him running lose. In our city, they will send out a truck to pick him up, and the owners are then responsible for picking him up at the shelter and paying to have him released. Animal Control may, or may not, call to tell them their dog has been picked up. However, thats NOT your responsibility. A dog running at large is at risk of being caught by the dog catcher. When he goes missing, they should know to contact the shelter ASAP to see if he's there. If they don't, maybe he'll find a new home that doesn't let him run free (the shelter does have to hold him for a period to give the owners a chance to reclaim- usually several days to a week) If they do, maybe paying a fine will be a more convincing reason to keep the dog contained. Do this as often as necessary. In my county, not only does the fine get higher each time the dog is caught, but animal control will have clear evidence that it is not merely a neighbor dispute since they have witnessed and recorded the dog running at large. It sounds like you have tried to be reasonable, and they have offered no solution. Animal control is there for a reason, I'd use it.
 

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One of the reasons I like having an HOA. Roaming dogs not allowed!
 

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Thanks ladies! I'm the most nonconfrontational person alive so it's taken me a long time to get to the point of saying anything to them. The owner said she couldn't afford anything to restrain the dog until Friday, so I'm not gonna call AC until after Friday (not that I think she's really going to buy anything.)
 
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