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Question DetailsAsked on 3/6/2016

Neighbor with bad judgement regarding the care of his dog

I have a neighbor - not quite next door as we are all spread quite a bit apart. We reported him to the police because of the rotten conditions he keeps his dog. A big boxer who has been tied to a tree w/a giant chain and never gets to be "a dog". The dog house was rotting and very cold in the winter time. He finally built him a new house, which is not much better, but just pushed the old house down the hill which is still there (2 yrs later) right next to the road that everyone has to access to get to their homes. It's a poor site to see everyday passing this dog. We have asked the owner to get rid of the old house, but he just refuses. Guess he's still angry about someone calling the police on him and he wants this as a reminder to us all. Get a life.

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Liability and neighbor relationship issues at play here of course.

The doghouse - if on talking terms just ask if you can have it and take it away and cut up for disposal. Or if on street edge so not a trespasssing issue just haul it off when he is not at home to see you do it.

On the dog abuse issue - most animal control agencies accept anonymous reports of animal abuse, and since this is apparently visible from the street they might come and talk to him or issue an abatement notice. Unfortunately, without signed statements from you and several neighbors to the effect that the dog is ALWAYS on the chain, probably no case because chaining your dog at times is not abuse or illegal. Sometimes, if you suggest it, animal control or a dog rescue organization will contact him to ask if he wants to get rid of the animal - though of course he does not have to in that case. There is also the issue of whether this dog would be adoptable after being chained for most of its life, so not well socialized - could be trading the chain for being put down. A tough call.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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