I'm thinking about buying a paintball gun to use on my neighbor's dogs.
They keep coming onto my property to dig holes and do their business.
This leaves a mess. I also have some concerns that my grandkids will get
hurt by these two dogs. Not because the dogs are vicious, but because the
kids are small and the dogs are big.
I've tried talking to the neighbor and it was like talking to stone wall.
I've tried calling animal control. They have to catch the dogs running
So, I'm thinking my next course of action is to mark the beasts every time
they come across the road. Maybe then the owner will get a clue.
I'm looking at something like this:
Any thoughts on the matter?
Bob Morrison, PE, SE
R L Morrison Engineering Co
Many pet owners don't seem to realize the kind of responsibility
needed to keep one. It's as though a pet is merely a stuffed teddy
Just last night, at about 2 in the morning, I heard blood-curdling
yelping, growling and whining outside as though a dog was being
severely beaten. After hearing it happen more than once, I went down
and found two dogs in the back of a pickup truck under a sealed
canopy. Presumably what I heard was them fighting.
A few neighbors, dressed, oddly enough, in dark colors (including me),
came down and then the "guys in blue" showed up. They said, after a
flashlight, that there didn't seem to be any blood, so, to my mind,
the yelps were perhaps-- hopefully-- more out of canine indignation
than serious injury.
Your case is funky, but if you can accumulate evidence over time
(maybe ideally like a [cellphone?] video every time the dogs come into
your yard, and of them in their own yard with little food and water,
etc.) that might work in your favour just in case your ass is hauled
into court for ultimately shooting the owner-- sorry, dogs-- with
The law loves evidence; the media love pictures.
Maybe let the neighbor know that you're considering "scaling this up",
but that the diplomatic route would be in everyone's best interest. If
she asks you what "scaling this up" means, leave her alone with her
If you're inspired; when you say goodbye, say something weird, creepy
or unexpected, like, "I hope you sleep nicely tonight", and then
mumble something incoherent as you walk away. Maybe make it look like
you're coming unglued and that you need a doctor soon or something's
In the mean time, see if you can get the balls filled with
transparent, invisible, or otherwise less evidential paint.
In the same post you say "back yourself up for the law" then suggest
"making terroristic threats". The advice is mixed.
If you want to play safe then your guard is always up and you never do
or say anything. Document everything. Get it all on paper.
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