I don't think there's anything that can be done about this except
move, but sometimes I'm surprised by the answers on newsgroups.
Our street faces a large apartment complex. The arrangement of the
few houses on our street create only small front yards -- about 20'
deep by the width of the lots (80'?). The houses are about 25 years
old. The apartment complex was built a few (3 ?) years ago.
On the far side of the complex is a boulevard and on each end is
another complex so the only area with grass these people can reach is
our small lawns. So, our lawns have become the toilet for the *many*
tenants with dogs. They all walk the dogs down our street and stop on
the lawn for a dump. The lawns become covered with dog turds.
If I happen to be outside they usually pass on to a lawn a couple of
doors down. On the rare occasion when the owner ignores the fact that
I'm standing right there, I say something like "Please don't mess my
yard." Usually they either don't reply or say something like "Go
F**k yourself," or give an indifferent "OK."
Anybody think of any way to stop this? Is there something one can
sprinkle or spray on the yard that will repel the dogs?
Were it me, I would just put up a Fi-Shock wire. Anyone asks, it is for the
training of MY dog, and it is on MY property. Be CERTAIN that all is on
YOUR property, and inward from the line. A run of tie wire is almost
invisible. Hook it up to a trash can, too. Male dogs love to urinate on
trash cans. It will only take once or twice, and the dog will avoid your
yard forever. End ot THAT problem.
You put the Fi-Shock away, and bring it out the next time you have a
problem. They are available on line for about $40. Don't get the whole
kit, as you can get tie wire at HD for about $3 per roll, and cut stakes out
of pvc. Spiral it around a PVC perch on the roof for pesky pigeons.
An easy solution.
On 5 Jan 2004 07:53:26 -0800, email@example.com (Larry Bud)
The original offender (who doesn't have to say where the shit came
from), the apartment managers, other tenants, etc. In the end, the
"I'm breaking the law, but you did it first" defense doesn't get very
far. Probably the best you're going to get is both of them fined, but
in this case where it's an apartment complex, the 'revenge' can also
get hit for vandalism, public health risks, etc.
Federal crime once you put in in a mailbox,especially these days.
At the least,vandalism,note or not.
Any Contract has to be signed by the other party to be legal.
Clue;he's NOT going to sign any such thing.
If you can catch the dog -without getting bit,just take it to the animal
shelter or dog pound,or call them for a pickup.
Dogs should not be running around unleashed,they might run in front of a
car,cause an accident,or bite a child(it's for the children!).
Unleashed is unloved.Many communities have leash laws,too.
I once put a sign up in my front yard where my neighbors dog was crapping
and ripping up my seedlings. It said "This is a garden, not a doggie poop
dumping ground" or something like that. Never named names but the neighbor
got really pissed and wouldn't talk to me. So I went by and asked her what
the problem was, and she mentioned the sign. I told her I had no idea it
was her dog and never would have expected it. She was totally embarrassed,
and not only did the doggy poop disappear from my front lawn but from all
the neighbor's lawns too.
A neighbor has a neat sign. I am not certain if I can recite it exactly:
In this soil
So hard and cold
lies a little dog
who pooped in my yard
Another sign on the same property cites a city ordinance pointing out a
$250 fine for dog poop, and says "violators will be prosecuted".
well, for it to scan-- "So cold and hard"
In this ground, so hard and cold
A dog's friend lies, or so I'm told.
This owner was bad, and did not scoop.
and so he paid, for his dog's poop.
(free for non-comercial use)
It's not the dogs fault... it's the owners.
Same with barking dogs, cats crapping in garden, etc.
flip -- responsible pet owner (8 indoor cats)
Legal steps are always the first thing to consider, at least find out what
is and isn't on the books.
Then a simple sign mounted somewhere, asking not to let the dog mess on your
property. I realize this might seem silly given the response that you have
been getting, but it serves the purpose of notifying the offending parties.
That way if legal is the only way, you made the first step.
Blocking off access to the lawn area is an option.
I do like the response from Ace, but only as a last resort, but I might
modify it somewhat, like bag it and put it on the hood of their car.
Bagging it is bring too nice. Just dump it on their car or in front of their
I would try talking to the landlord first. It would be better if you can get
everyone from down the street. Ask if he can tell the people with dogs if they
can't clean up after their pets or they will be asked to remove the pets or
leave. He can do something, unless he's a dumb ass also.
This is really too bad. Some people are just jerks.
My parents pick up after their dog.
I had a guy next door that let his cat shit in my yard. I said something to him
and he gave me shit back. I tried to be nice about it, so the last thing I said
was is if I catch your cat in my yard I will tie a brick to it and toss it in
That took care of the problem...
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