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My neighbor has a dog that is out of control (medium size dog). She thinks it's sweet and nice of course does nothing wrong. This dog has paid me a visit on 4 occasions once it slipped directly thru the fence into my back yard.

Here is my new problem with this. I have 3 dogs two of which I'm not worried about. I recently picked up a pit from a shelter. The pit does show aggression thru the fence but none towards my dogs (my minpin also goes into attack mode over this but the neighbor thinks she is cute and just playing). The neighbors dog wont leave the fence alone it barks runs up and down jumps at it, everything. This agitates all 3 of my dogs.
I have had to spend my own time an money to ensure her dog does not get in my yard anymore. If this dog was however to some how find a way into my yard and the pit attacks hurting or worse killing this dog what rights do I have?
If something like this went to court and it was my collie that killed the dog I would probably have a good case. I'm wondering since it is a pit how a court would rule or what AC would do with my dog. Anyone with any experience with something like this?
Common sense says she is at fault her dog crossed into my yard. But today common sense is weak and barely exists. Some how I figure I would be at fault for this.
 

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If the dog was on YOUR property and YOUR dogs were properly contained there is nothing you have to worry about. even if thier dog gets killed, it's their fault
 

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How is it that her dog can slip through the fence into your yard but your dogs are contained? I agree with Keechak that it SHOULD be the dogs owners fault not yours.
 

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I think you need to find a way to secure your yard more so the dog won't get in and yoru dogs aren't fence fighting.

1) pits don't need anymore bad press than they already get...even when it's not their faut.

2) referred aggression is always a possibility if your dogs are frustrated by not being able to get to the other dog. And if you have a min pin in with some big dogs...oy...that is potentially a very dangerous and deadly situation.

Legally, I think if the dog trespasses you wouldn't be in fault in court. But why risk your dogs or another dogs life if you can do anything to prevent it. Worse comes to worse, when your neighbor's dog is in your yard, pick it up and take it to animal control. Maybe if they go to bail their dog out enough times, they'll keep it contained. Or, call animal control every time the dog is loose.
 

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How is it that her dog can slip through the fence into your yard but your dogs are contained? I agree with Keechak that it SHOULD be the dogs owners fault not yours.
My dogs have never tried to get thru the fence they wont even leave my unfenced front yard.. I was in the back working on my fruit trees (before I got the pit). I came around the corner my two dogs both walking behind me and there he was. The neighbors dog had pushed a dog eared fence piece open and came thru. I had to pick the dog up and return it. When I got him by the collar it would lay down.
It has also come over and visited me in my garage several times the owners unaware.

I have doubled up on the dog ears to block any visual contact. And put screws in place of nails.

As for the minpin and the bigger dogs. She actually holds her own. The collie is as gentle as can be. I've had the minpin for 5yrs and the collie for 10. Not a single issue between the 2 of them.
So far not a single issue or sign of any problem with the pit. I am also crating the pit while I'm not home. Just to be safe not only for the minpin and collie but for the neighbor dog if anything where to happen while I'm not home. He responds well to commands and is getting better. When he has gone for the fence I call him back and he stops.

I had to get the neighbor to remove bricks they had put down that where half way on my side so I could properly fix the fence. Had to pull two dog ears off to help her. Lex (the pit) sat back and watched from about 10ft away where I had told him to stay. Her dog found the gap we where working in and went nuts. She sat there wrestling with the thing to try and control it. All I could do was laugh at her and point to my killer pit sitting there minding himself. Yes I have a vicious killing machine according to her.
 

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It really depends on who has the better lawyer.
And also it's a pit, so you would mostly get blamed.
I would 100% agree with you on common sense.
 

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Well, maybe she should look more closely at who's dog/dogs are under control and who's is not. :)
Gotta love jamming brick in a hole to prevent the dog from leaving the yard. I guess you gotta give credit, at least she tried. ;)
 

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Well, maybe she should look more closely at who's dog/dogs are under control and who's is not. :)
Yeah don't think that's going to happen. I'm just wondering if anyone has had an experience like this or knows of anyone that has.

I can see this person unfairly blaming me if her dog gets hurt in my yard because of the type of dog I have. Her argument will be that if I didn't have a pit her dog would not have got hurt when it got into my yard. Therefor making it my fault.
Just the same as if you shoot someone trying to rob you in your own home these days.
 

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How is it that her dog can slip through the fence into your yard but your dogs are contained? I agree with Keechak that it SHOULD be the dogs owners fault not yours.
my neighbor has a beagle who not only gets into my fenced in yard, but also gets out of my yard. Yet my dogs have never gotten in the neighbors yard or out of my yard. I have not found out how he gets out of my yard.
I agree also, it should be the owners fault if something happens!!
 

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Have you talked to these people at all?

It might be a good idea to go over to their house and (if you haven't) introduce yourself and explain the issue. Let them know that your dogs are nice, but you worry that your knew dog may not be as friendly with a dog going on your property.

It might not hurt to try and at least you've talked to them to try and cover yourself.
 

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Maybe putting up a privacy fence around the yard ? or a chain link fence a foot or so inside the one already up to contain the dog if it gets through the fence that is already up.

If he dog continues to get out you could always drop it at animal control maybe getting fined a few times will change her mind and will give documented proff that the dog is coming into your yard.
 

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Have you talked to these people at all?

It might be a good idea to go over to their house and (if you haven't) introduce yourself and explain the issue. Let them know that your dogs are nice, but you worry that your knew dog may not be as friendly with a dog going on your property.

It might not hurt to try and at least you've talked to them to try and cover yourself.
Yes I have been over to their house have also taken my pit to her front door. She is deathly afraid of them and had to remind me how they are illegal in some cities, states , countries and how the doggie daycare she takes her dog to for training wont allow them. Yes she is home and drops her dog off at daycare thinking it will behave better. She doesn't think her dog is doing anything wrong.

The thing that frustrates me the most is I have to put in time and money to keep her dog under control. A chain link fence on my side? Thats crazy talk.

I have not had a problem with her dog on my side since I worked on the fence. I think this will fix the problem ..... I'm talking about a what if.
And a big what if since Lex will not be loose when I'm not home.
 

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Yeah I really cannot stand people like this.

I'd take the advice to call animal control. Most places have leash laws as well. If you see the dog running around off leash and unattended call animal control. Keep doing this is and there's a good chance you'll stop seeing the dog out.

That's really the only thing I think might work. If their dog gets picked up by AC once they may think twice about letting him run around.

And I agree that's it's not fair for you to have to spend money to keep their dog in control.
 

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You can try catching their dog going to your backyard on camera.
Or when the dog gets in your yard, just take it to animal control.
Like lovemygreys and CrzyBritNAmerica said, after once or twice they should learn.
The price goes up everytime they get to the dog out.

The best thing to do is get proof that is their dog's fault (Well owner actually). That it's their dog going into your yard. And since you have spoke to them about it already. Also you can speak to animal control, and explain it to them. So when if it does happen, it shows you have tried to solved the problem.

Good luck.
 

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I think calling AC is the way to go. That way the AC knows it is not your dogs causing the problems.
Also I heard on the radio the other day that a man climbed a fence into someones yard and was aggravating their beagle to no end and the beagle bit the guy, he won the law suit! The beagle was even chained out on top of being fenced in! I wouldn't take any chances. Sorry you are having all these problems.
 
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