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Old 03-05-2008, 04:37 PM
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whoa...PLEASE call animal control ... sounds like the cops weren't all that helpful to you. I know someone whose dog was recently killed when some horrible people drove by and shot the dog in the driveway.
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:22 AM
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Copper says thank you for all of your responses. I think the man was recently evicted and is taking it out on the dog.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:41 AM
Location: Cary and Wilmington, NC
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I don't care if your dog was howling 24/7, there is NO reason for someone to shoot at a defenseless animal. Call the authorities immediately! This is animal cruelty.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:48 AM
Location: Piedmont NC
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You know, as if shooting at the dog isn't bad enough, what if this gun-toting fool decided to fire at the poor animal, and you just happened to step outdoors? I often stick my head out of the back door, or step onto the porch, to see 'what's up.' And when my child was still living at home, it wasn't unheard of for me to say to her, "will you see what Cosmos is fussing about?"

This neighbor shooting anything towards your home/property is just way-out-of-line. Call the police, repeatedly, if you have to, and Animal Control, and any animals' rights activists groups you can find. Someone is bound to respond, and get the ball rolling to help you.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:56 AM
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Thank you Chatty Cathy. I just happen to have my 15 and 11 year old children and 7 year and 4 month old grandchildren here. Your right, the kids do go to see what Copper is Hollering about. (usually a squirrel). Mr. Ben (the neighbor) also has children. May I add that Mr Ben is only about 21 years old. Isn't that quite young to be so nasty?
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:11 AM
Location: Southeast
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I'm sorry, but I refuse to believe that someone would be randomly shooting at your dog. There must be more to this we are not being told.
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:54 AM
Location: Piedmont NC
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Am I wrong to assume you may be living in a more rural area, marilyn? It was just this past year that Senator John Edwards's wife complained to law officials that her neighbors -- some 'good ole boys' -- were shooting their shotguns near the Edwards' property. I think they were within their legal rights because they were not firing at anything on the Edwards' property, and certainly not at a pet, or animal on the property.

Of course, this is probably neither here nor there.

Have you complained to Animal Control and the local law enforcement? I still say get a photo of the neighbor with the gun in his hands, out in the yard, to document that he is out there with one.
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:04 AM
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I have to say that if someone was shooting at my dog even if the dog was baying at the moon day and night, I would go crazy on them.

They are humans, they have a mouth and a brain (I presume), they can come and tell you that they are bothered but how they can say that is beyond me if they let their own pets wander.

I do my best under some strenuous circumstances to get along with some strange people because once the battle lines are drawn with a neighbor, things can get bad but I couldn't let this pass.

I personally am hot headed enough that I would go over and tell the SOB that if he shot that gun again near my dog, my house or my family I would shove it where the sun doesn't shine.

I have found with some neighbors, its like a pi$$ing contest. I had a neighbor like this in Texas. He actually sent to someone elses house and shot their dog in broad day light in its own driveway. He shot my cat but only with a bee bee gun. My Father had just passed away after a protracted illness and I was almost half insane as it was. I wanted to literally wrap my hands around this guys neck when I found my cat (who had escaped, he was a houdini) on my front porch, crying and bleeding.
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:56 PM
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Hi Chatty Cathy. I do live in a rual area, but I have 3 neighbors. This may be a coincedance but Copper has never barked again. ( at least not outside) The neighbor would probably never be able to hanble my two parrots. I have a quaker and a Indian ring neck parrot. Tweety bird (the ringneck) and Pocco (the quaker) are pesty. I was going to put their cages on my porch for a portion of the day but God forbid they talk too loud. (hey kitty kitty, give me a kiss, go give pee-wee a kiss (out dawg) its never ending. So goes my name, Marilyns pets
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:32 PM
Location: State of Being
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Have you considered just going over to your neighbor's house and asking him if the dog is bothering him (or makes annoying noise).

I hate to say this . . . but years ago, one of my coworkers lived in a rural area, and he had a neighbor who would start drinking and grab a shotgun - go outside - and shoot at whatever caught his attention. You don't think that is the case here, do you?
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