[Market-farming] Animal and neighbor problems
KAKerby at aol.com
KAKerby at aol.com
Tue Mar 29 21:25:52 EDT 2011
Absolutely get the sheriff involved, or Animal Control, or whatever. Even
if nothing has "happened" yet, it's time now to start documenting the
pattern. We had issues last year with a neighbor who after 10 years of
peaceable co-existence, started making allegations and demands about how we manage
our animals. They came onto the property once under false pretenses and
wanted to see our horses and cows to ensure they were "properly cared for".
Another time they came onto the property after we'd found and adopted a
beagle, claiming to know who the beagle belonged to and they were there to
"take the dog back to its owner". Upon questioning they would not provide
the name, address or phone of the owner, and could not explain why the owner
hadn't contacted us directly despite Found ads online and in print all over
town because they didn't like his occassional barking (we don't let him
bark at night but he does sometimes bark during the day). I'm pretty sure he
just wanted to take the dog to the shelter and be done with it. After
that, the same neighbor would shriek at us from their deck, threatening to
call Animal Control because we were obviously neglecting our animals and/or
had vicious dogs. I called the sheriff at that point and made a report.
They said if the neighbor called AC, welcome the officer with open arms but no
I did not ever have to allow the neighbor on the property for any reason.
We later got licensed and inspected as a kennel to create a record of our
operation in case of future complaints. Without that paper trail, it's
just a case of he said/she said. Document these issues now, and show law
enforcement that you're the reasonable one trying to be proactive and
diplomatic. Then if this escalates, you can report that escalation and the
neighbors will have a harder time claiming you're the unreasonable one.
Also, from a dog rescue list that I'm on: if neighbor dogs are trespassing
on the property, get a super-soaker watergun, loaded with red koolaid and
vinegar. Some of the bigger guns can spray 20', which may or may not be
close enough. But if you can hit the dog with the spray, the vinegar is a
good repellant, and the koolaid will stain the fur. If that 20' range isn't
enough, get a paintball gun for longer distances. Then you can then make a
report that "yes, that's the dog that keeps getting on our property,
Officer, the one with the red stains on its fur......."
Best of luck, and hang in there. Our partner farm's neighborhood has
wandering dogs too, and I keep threatening to string field fence around our
growing area and be done with it. In all that spare time.....
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In a message dated 3/29/2011 5:55:17 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
wyatt_jones at netzero.com writes:
I'm not sure this is the right place to mention this but I'm getting
really frustrated with my neighbors and their animals. I've had quite a few
problems with people letting their dogs run loose but recently a man moved
into a property adjoining mine and I've had a few problems with him. His dogs
have gotten loose a few times and though they didn't cause a lot of damage
I had to talk to him about it. then he had some people working for him
that took down part of my fence and I had to go talk to him. Then he got
pigs and they are always getting out. I've talked to him about it but today I
had to chase them off my property and, instead of calling the sheriff like
I felt like doing I went down to talk to him, basically to tell him he had
to do something about them but he blew up at me and threatened to "punch
me out". The only answer I got from him is "they're pigs, how am I going to
keep them in?" Its early in the season so I haven't had any real
damage from them but you know how pigs are, I can't have them destroying months
of work just because he can't control his animals.
The neighbor on the other side of me took down part of my fence a while
back without talking to me and he is a township trustee. When I talked to
him he was very hostile but I stood my ground and told him he just can't do
that without my consent. He was my propane vendor but after that he won't
return my calls when I try to get propane so I have to get another source
and replace the tanks. I still keep finding his trucks parked on my property
and he seems to think my lane is his private backdoor driveway. I try to
get along with people but I'm at a loss here. It seems I'm going to have
to start getting the law involved when this stuff happens as they don't seem
to respect my rights. I don't know, maybe I'm not diplomatic enough or
something but this stuff seems like just a lack common respect for the rights
of others. I really hate having to get nasty about this stuff but I guess
I have to. I'd really like to be able to get along with the people around
me. A new fence would help I guess but that's a lot of fence and I can't
afford it right now.
Anyway, any suggestions?
Sorry to vent, this stuff along with the problems my fathers estate are
causing me are frustrating the heck out of me. And then there is this woman
stalking me but that's another story. Not the best year so far LOL.
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