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Roaming Dangerous Dogs
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LAKE WALES, FLORIDA -- I live in Polk County FL. in a subdivision. There are neighbors who have 2 large Rotoweiler dogs(100lbs.)They roam freely, tear up your garbage that you sit out to be picked up. They do their business in everyone's yard. They growl and chase after you when you try to walk on the public roads in front of our own homes. The Sheirff's office has been called many times, the Animal Control has come out many times and still nothing is being done. The owners have a fence that goes from both sides of their house to the end of their property but they haven't got underskirting on their mobile home so the dogs roam freely. If we wanted dog manure in our yards we'd have our own dogs.
What does it take to get the Polk County Sheirffs or Animal Control to do their jobs? What can we do about this?
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fazie on 05/24/2006:
I agree, I too live in Lake Wales and had a problem with barking dogs, basically you have to do their job! I was told to mark down every time the dogs barked (hour,minute how long they barked) on this form that AC sent me, so I do this for a month and send it in, I hear nothing so I call them and they say I did it wrong and it was the wrong time limit (still haven't figured what the heck that meant)but they never did anything. have you called code enforcement? you could try although I didn't have much luck with them when it came to roosters in the city limit. was told that if I lived in a hispanic neighborhood it's basically OK for them to have farm animals cause they don't understand their not supposed to!! he said how could you let them all know?! my reply was "you get a police cruiser and someone who speaks Spanish to talk over the loudspeaker and ride up and downt the streets telling them to get rid of them!! Polk County is backwards and never learns from other county mistakes!
Anonymous on 05/24/2006:
Personally, I'd just make sure I had a pound of ground beef, mixed liberally with D-Con wrapped up in my trash when I set it out on the curb.
ladybluebutterfly on 05/24/2006:
KenPopcorn - thank you!
ladybluebutterfly on 05/24/2006:
fazie - Polk County's Police and AC is so anal retentive that they drive by and these same dogs chase their crusiers. I suppose they will have to bite them in the a_ _ before they do anything. Maybe if they had a donut tied around their necks they stop and do something!
tander on 05/24/2006:
It's not the dogs fault, the owners should be punished, they should pick up the dogs, and take them to the humane society, and if adoptable, adopt them out. Putting out poison is wrong, and I very much disagree with that method!!
Doc J on 05/24/2006:
Bless you, tander! The poisoning recommendation falls just short of dousing the dogs with gasoline and setting them on fire. One has to wonder about the mental status of people making such suggestions. If the dogs are truly vicious, they should be humanely put down. If they are a nuisance, being an equal nuisance for the people charged with handling animal complaints should resolve the situation.
Ponie on 05/24/2006:
I'm with Ken, but DARN, it's against the law.
Doc J on 05/24/2006:
Ponie-I was beginning to take you to be an adult. Proof that I can continue to be duped.
DORCAS on 05/24/2006:
I had a big problem with two different neighborhood dogs tearing up my fence digging under it to get at my female lab. Not to mentin peeing on my car tires everyday as well as all over my garage door. The animal control officer came out and basically told me I should have my dog fixed. Well, my dogs are kept in my backyard with a locked fence and not allowed to roam the neighborhood. I followed each dog by car and found out the home addresses and politely asked the owners if they could keep their dog secured in their own yard. It didn't happen so I continued to contact animal control. They told me unless they could catch the dogs in the act they could do nothing. Of course these dogs were usually doing their business in the middle of the night. I continued to ask the neighbors to do the right thing so they didn't have to pay to have their dog picked up out of the pound. Well, finally the animal control officer gave me a call and had caught one of the dogs roaming the streets. But still they just asked the owners to keep them locked up. They did for a while but once in a while I find a nice gift in my yard or on my car tire. I thought there were leash laws????
Doc J on 05/24/2006:
DORCA-Sadly, animal control people are not often as well-trained or as responsible as the position demands. It's why people resort to poisoning...or advising others to do so. Can you work a city council meeting into your schedule? Talk to public health too. Dog feces can be a health risk. But, be prepared to be laughed at.
ladybluebutterfly on 05/24/2006:
DORCAS - our neighbor finally got an animal control to do his job, they cam eout today and told them either to surrender the dogs or pay a $177. fine. We're all supposed to go to court in 30 days
ladybluebutterfly on 05/24/2006:
Doc J - I don't believe in posioning the dogs the owners is a different story
ladybluebutterfly on 05/25/2006:
ladybluebutterfly - I was just kidding! but the owners were out walking them today and let both of them dump in the neighbors yard across the street, great owners!
Doc J on 05/25/2006:
Time for "true confessions". I'm not always so understanding. I personally believe that hackers and spy-ware producers should be publicly disemboweled on television (hackers on the first offense, spyware jerks should merely have their hands cut off). I love my greyhounds. To keep them, I make sure I'm a respectful dog-owner. Your neighbors probably also raise their children like wolves.
Ponie on 05/25/2006:
Doc J. Aha! Gotcha. Actually I'm 11 going on 43.
cycolbur on 05/25/2006:
Here is a idea geta garbage bag and pick up all the poop and dump it on there lawn make sure the bag is full. staement made :)
Doc J on 05/25/2006:
Ponie-Great. I love children. Properly cooked, they taste like chicken.
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