|Forum topic by Jerry||posted 02-28-2013 02:18 PM||1750 views||0 times favorited||84 replies|
02-28-2013 02:18 PM
Well we live on 13 acres. My neighbor, a good distance away in the past has threatened to shoot my dog. My dog has never threatened him, or been on his property. Our dog, Largo, is a pure bread GSD pure black. A very family oriented and loving dog. He loves our horses, our chickens, he plays with my one neighbors donkeys, they even smooch sometimes through the fence, it is sort of cute. He is young and active, playful.
The neighbor that does not like him, it is due to Largo’s size and intimidating look. The guy tells me a wolf like mine (oh yeah, Largo is not a wolf :O) will kill his goats just for the fun of it. Basically this is a guy who is in fear of our family dog for no reason.
Our first run in with this neighbor actually involved a jet black wild hog that ran his and my property line. The guy mistaked the black hog for my dog. I know this because I pursued the black hog myself since it was on my side of the property line. My dog was inside the home at the time. That is when the neighbor told me my dog, which was in my home at the time, was on his property and that he fears for the safety of his goats and he will shoot my dog, will not hesitate. I tried to educate the fella, even told him about the hog that he had thought was our dog.
Well, yesterday I was out of town installing, my parents were prepping the pad for our shop foundation, we had some more loads of base brought in and they removed the fence back for the trucks to get in. Largo went to explore and I am certain he was likely playing as he is very playful. He went onto another neighbor’s property, the neighbor who does not like him seen our dog on our other neighbor’s property, and shot him twice. So that neighbor called me and told me his neighbor seen my dog on his property and shot him.
So my dog was not even on his property and he shot my dog. We made a police report but no arrest will occur because it is certain the neighbor will claim my dog was aggressive with livestock on the other neighbor’s property.
So the law states if a dog is aggressive and placing another farm animal or person’s life in danger, lethal force to defend is legal. So you can shoot a neighbor’s dog as long as you say he was threatening livestock. If you all knew Largo, you all would agree the dog loves to run and play, and is not a threat to any livestock.
Largo is still alive. It appears he was hit with buckshot. One side of his lip area hangs loose but does not seem severe. He had a small puncture also on his side. He does not act like he is in pain, but he is more lathargic and has a sad look on his face. He does not possess that smiley attitude he typically possesses. He loves to nuzzle and is a very affectionate dog, and now he just has a sad look. I know I should take him to the vet but I don’t believe he has been terminally injured. I do believe he will be fine, slight disformation of his lower lip otherwise I just hope his mood gets happier.
Here is a few pics of him:
Also, please consider one other fact about our area. We live among a heavy population of Coyotes. They hunt daily in packs. Their population is very strong and they are a huge threat to local livestock. We have a 7 year old and 5 year old daughter, and Largo provides a little sense of protection from area wild life as he loves to spend time with our girls while they are outside.
I really only give this sad story because I view many of you on LJ as friends. If you have something making you feel sad, sometimes it helps to just get it out and find a listening ear. Thanks for listening/reading guys/gals. Jerry
-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net