Sucks, but this kind of thing is best approached by applying solutions that are
in your control (yeah, people should grow up, or maybe the law should do
something about it, but don't hold your breath...)
Depending on where you are, change your front lawn to a gravel lawn (if you're
in Arizona you'd know what I mean), or an ivy lawn. Alternatively, consider a
nice thick privet hedge all around your front lawn. Or a picket fence.
Something to make your front yard inaccessible or useless for the purpose of dog
Years ago right here in Arizona I had a neighbor with a dog that was
fond of chasing my wife and daughter (no fences... this was 40 years
Went next door, told the neighbor, next time dog is in my yard, BANG!
Dog instantly was chained up ;-)
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Yep! Those were the good old days when people handled their problems
themselves. No calling the Police, just give the perpetrator an ultimatum
and follow thru on it.
Thanks for a good post, Jim!
Ken Hall says...
So, he's gonna - what - go to the doors of each and every tenant in that
apartment complex, then sit shotgun on his front steps 24/7? In some situations
that would work (where my father lives in rural Texas, there are no leash laws,
and certain such problems often get solved quickly and anonymously with a 22,
and honestly I don't have any problem with that), but I don't think it would be
very applicable or helpful for the situation of the original poster.
The OP can try talking to the apartment manager and some of the tenants, and/or
go through the police, with my idea as a Plan B in mind - nothing to lose. As
long as he's reasonable and wise enough about it not to get worse problems from
the apartment tenants than dog shit.
But I can't get past the image in my mind of his being the nonchalant guy with a
nice privet hedge around three sides of his yard, bemusedly watching his
neighbors curse at every little brown pile.
Banty (guess I'm just hoplessly practical)
I'm with Banty here. This is probably the *least* likely to cause
problems with your neighbors (who as renters probably don't feel the
same responsibility to the neighborhood -- sorry to say). Dealing with
them individually or via the landlord is just going to mean a recurrence
of the problem in 2-3 years as new dog-owners move in.
That said, there are usually health-related ordinances about "dog
nuisances" and you should check your local laws. You may even get the
city to do some selective enforcement if you're lucky and the cops
aren't busy. But again, this is something that wears off over time.
The "make lemonade" answer would be to start a mail-order business
selling pooper-scoopers, and send brochures to all your neighbors.
You may not legally resist an unreasonable search or seizure.
The word "privacy" does not appear in the Constitution - "private" only
occurs once, and that with regard to non-public property.
Virtually everybody who has shot a cop or tried to shoot a cop is now dead.
Oops. Sorry. I didn't realize I stumbled into
alt.redneck-gunowners.debatetheconstitution. Silly me for thinking this
was a home repair group. I should probably be more judicious about which
door I open down the long hallway next time.
You're a piece of shite, "b". Wear that message as a T-Shirt down at the
local F.O.P. and THEN I'll be impressed. You love to email it, but actually
put the courage of your conviction behind it? HA! What courage?
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