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andreweggplant --- 1 years ago -

Need some suggestions. There is a neighbor that has two large dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior when people are walking by with their dogs. They are in a yard with a less than stellar fence. they have come after my dog on two occasions and a neighbors dog on another. I actually watched the dog grab the fence and rip part of the board off to get out when I was walking my dog by the property. This property is on basically a direct route to the park and it is an extremely long walk to go around.

A number of neighbors have spoke to these people and the fence is still not fixed to keep the dogs in (bricks stacked in the holes do not do much). BARC has been called twice and they have stated they have not taken the time to send someone out. They told me if the dog attacks to call the police non-emergency number or 911 but I think that would be a little late. The HOA has been called. I was told there have been multiple complaints but all they can do is send a letter to the property owner. The people in the house are renting and the letters go to the PO box. The HOA (Sterling Management) told me all they can do is send letters and cannot force the homeowner to comply. Really?

So now what? There are a number of us that walk ours dogs in the evening on that street and do not feel safe doing so because of these dogs. Open to any real suggestions as to how to solve this issue. I seriously would have to start carrying and shoot the dog. 

SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 1 years ago -

If the owners don't comply, nothing will happen til one gets out and hurts someone or another animal.

If they are renting, it's not their responsibility to repair the fence. The home owner needs to. If notices are going to a PO Box, that's an issue. But the HOA CAN enforce covenants and regs. They need to step it up. Keep putting pressure on them is about all they can do. My guess is they are in violation of neighborhood standards if their fence is in disrepair.

If you have noticed, many people carry a stick with them bc they have experienced rogue dog attack issues and feel protection is a good idea. I would too in this circumstance. 

andreweggplant --- 1 years ago -

If the owners don't comply, nothing will happen til one gets out and hurts someone or another animal.

That is the sad part of all of this. There are a number of older people with small dogs who walk on this street and this is a recipe for a tragedy. 

SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 1 years ago -

You could always get the owners name off HCAD and try and contact them with a nice threatening, yet friendly, letter expressing your concern. 😄 

andreweggplant --- 1 years ago -

ou could always get the owners name off HCAD and try and contact them with a nice threatening, yet friendly, letter expressing your concern. 😄

Already done... (this was in my original post) The HOA has also contacted them as they have received multiple complaints. Only address to owner is a PO box.

I am just out of ideas now. Maybe I can "shame" them into fixing the fence by posting it on message boards all over the place? 

fuzz81 --- 1 years ago -

They have some pepper spray type stuff for dogs, in case they do attack. Not ideal, but hard to do anything about someone's personal property. 

CavemanBarney --- 1 years ago -

The renters probably get their mail at the house. send one to the address letting them know if the dogs get out and come to attack, they'll get shot 

them --- 1 years ago -

At this point nothing has actually happened. You're worried, rightfully so, the something bad could happen.

A few good suggestions so far for preparation, carry a stick, carry mace, or both. 

Karras --- 1 years ago -

Open the fence and let the dogs out. Close fence, call Barc to pick up the dogs.

Renters are the worst. They have unruly dogs (usually some pit mix), too many cars (usually pick ups) and too many people (usually the family and extended family in the same house). Basically, not the best fit for some of the villages. 

fuzz81 --- 1 years ago -

Open the fence and let the dogs out. Close fence, call Barc to pick up the dogs.

That would be illegal. 

Leila --- 1 years ago -

Open the fence and let the dogs out. Close fence, call Barc to pick up the dogs.


One of my neighbors did something similar. Only she untied a dog that the neighbor continually left chained up to a post and the poor thing would howl and cry all day while owner was not home. My neighbor called every agency she could but nothing was done. She got fed up and let the dog loose. Then it was picked up. I sure can't condone that but I understood where she was coming from. 

TinktheSprite --- 1 years ago -

Friends have a similar problem on their street. They cannot leave their street without facing menacing dogs. They finally called the police. The neighbor was given a warning to keep their dogs contained or on leash. 

whatchamacallit --- 1 years ago -

Get a stun baton and use it if they get out and attack you or your dog. 

sheddy --- 1 years ago -

If I was concerned, I would go over and ask if they would mind if I fixed the fence. It is evident they aren't going to do anything about it. Does no one know the owners? 

Birder --- 1 years ago -

Use a phone or tablet and video the dogs and copy and paste your explanation from the start of your thread and sent it to channel 2 or Aiken''s army or any other media outlet that will involve themselves in community help. Just an idea. Hope it helps. 

jackass --- 1 years ago -

Carry a gun, be sure to walk by the weak spot in the fence on a regular basis and when one of those dogs comes out in an aggressive way deal with it. 

fuzz81 --- 1 years ago -

Only an idiot would shoot a dog. It's not the dogs fault. 

Texas Lady --- 1 years ago -

Go to a Board meeting. Chances are the Board is not aware of yor complaints if you just contacted Sterling. If your neighborhood has additional security the Board can ask them to go by and speak with the residents about this dangerous situation. 

jackass --- 1 years ago -

Only an idiot would shoot a dog. It's not the dogs fault. 


Only an idiot would put his dog in harms
way by not repairing a fence and allowing his or her dog to become a threat in the first place. 

fuzz81 --- 1 years ago -

So why take it out on the dog?

You advocate needing a gun to walk your dog. Unbelievably sad dystopian place this is. 

jackass --- 1 years ago -

I advocate protecting yourself and your family if some idiots mutt cant stay in the yard and is acting aggressive. Or should someone just allow a wild animal to bite them because the poor dog doesnt know any better?



Edited to add: An aggressive "pet" is an unhappy "pet". 

fuzz81 --- 1 years ago -

Yeah. Needing a gun to walk around your neighborhood is totally normal... kingwood is such a utopia 

Birder --- 1 years ago -

And then you would be sued. And with today's courts you would be found at fault because you knew it was a danger and still went by. Just sayin' common sense doesn't apply much these days 

fuzz81 --- 1 years ago -

Or perhaps your sense is too "common" for the local regressive demographics 

jackass --- 1 years ago -

Wouldnt need it if people would be responsible with their mutts. If it came down to a dog or my 5 yr old daughter, the dog will lose quickly. Too many reports of these idiots in kingwood letting their pitbulls run the green belts off leashes, I'm no taking chances anymore. Those animals are dangerous. 

fuzz81 --- 1 years ago -

But an armed trigger happy edgy fear monger is totally safe 

jackass --- 1 years ago -

And then you would be sued. And with today's courts you would be found at fault because you knew it was a danger and still went by. Just sayin' common sense doesn't apply much these days?


So be it. I would rather lose a few bucks than let someone get mauled by a wild animal. 

Birder --- 1 years ago -

Good luck resolving the issue. 

jackass --- 1 years ago -

Fuzz, you're reaching a little bit. Calm down, a dog isnt really going to get shot, but people should be prepared for the worst. Or not. I don't really care. I just know if a dog threatens me or my family its over for the dog. If I walk around with you and a dog threatens you I'll just let the situation play out. 

TinktheSprite --- 1 years ago -

Seriously. Call the non-emergency number for the police to help you with this issue. 713-884-3131 

fuzz81 --- 1 years ago -

My problem with your scenario, is I don't trust you to be a good judge of what "threatening" is.

I've seen so many people freak out over the most harmless actions by a dog. 

FANCY PANTS --- 1 years ago -

Carry a big stick, mace, a stun gun/baton and more to protect yourself and your dog. 

fuzz81 --- 1 years ago -

You should all dig a giant bunker and live in it instead. No Muslims, dogs, or men in women's bathrooms will ever slight you down there. 

Butterbean --- 1 years ago -

If attacked, kill them. Without hesitation. 

urabunchcats --- 1 years ago -

Live and let live.

Dog ownership comes with responsibilities.

Every decision is a choice.

Cross the line and face the consequences.
 

POTUS --- 1 years ago -

PM if serious. No-harm-done-not-illegal solutions, I'm good at. 

Barnstormer --- 1 years ago -

That would be illegal.?
Yes Fuzz, and also it could turn 2 killers loose to wreak havoc in the area. We agree on one thing, finally. 

The Mark --- 1 years ago -

fuzz81 --- 9 hours ago - quote
My problem with your scenario, is I don't trust you to be a good judge of what "threatening" is.




Why do you put so much faith in the government to make the right choices but have so little confidence in people?


I've seen so many people freak out over the most harmless actions by a dog.


Provide an example. 

sdanielmcev --- 1 years ago -

While it is the responsibility of the homeowner to fix the fence, it is the responsibility of the dog owners to control their dog. Best thing I can think of to do is, knock on the door and politely explain the situation. After that, it's lawyers, guns and money. 

AMDG --- 1 years ago -

Alright - a Warren Zevon fan 

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