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Problem Dogs: the Law and Who to Contact

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 14 May 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Dogs Neighbour Dangerous Control Dispute

"My neighbour's dog keeps breaking through the fence and attacking my dog"

"My neighbour's dog regularly poos outside my gate and she refuses to clean it up"

"A neighbour has an aggressive dog that he uses to intimidate all the local residents"

Unfortunately these and similar complaints are all too common. The first step is always to try to politely speak to your neighbour, explain the problem and how it affects you, and try to agree a way forward. But what can you do if your neighbour is not prepared to make changes and resolve the issue between you?

Who Can Help with Dog-related Disputes?

Your Local Authority and Policing team may be able to assist with dog-related disputes and dog-related anti-social behaviour issues. Here are some of the measures that can be implemented:
  • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts
  • Community Protection Notices
  • Dog Control Orders
  • Civil injunction or Criminal behaviour orders

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

This act gave the police various powers to try to tackle these sorts of problems at an early stage. The stated purpose of the Act is:

'to encourage responsible dog ownership and reduce other incidents involving dogs such as straying and the use of dogs for intimidation, through early engagement and education, and overall to prevent problems becoming more serious and thus reduce the number of dog bites.'

The Act extends the remit of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to make it an offence for a dog to be dangerously out of control anywhere, including in the owner's home. It also specifies that an attack on an assistance dog (such as a guide dog) is an aggravated offence due to the impact on the more vulnerable owner.

The Act created two ways for Local Authorities and Community Police to try to tackle more minor dog-related incidents before the problem becomes more severe:

Acceptable Behaviour Contracts

The aim of these contracts, (often called "ABCs") is early prevention of issues and re-education; they provide an opportunity for Local Authorities and / or the police to engage with a dog owner and give them advice on animal care and training. They can also discuss the impact of the offender's actions on those around them.

These agreed behaviour contracts are not legally binding and breach of an "ABC" is not an offence. However breach of a contract may be used as evidence by the police when prosecuting an individual under statutory offences (discussed below).

Community Protection Notices

These notices are used for lower level incidents involving dogs, such as failure to control an animal (where no one has been physically hurt) or where an animal is causing a nuisance to other people or animals. Only organisations or those over 16 years can be given a Community Protection Notice.

The test for applying a Community Protection Notice is as follows:

  • Is the animal's behaviour having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the local area?
  • Is the behaviour persistent and continuing in nature?
  • Is the behaviour unreasonable?

A Community Protection Notice can specifically prohibit or require a dog owner to carry out certain actions. (For example, a prohibition to walk their dog near a local school around school start and finish times.) Owners must be given a reasonable amount of time to comply with the notice. What is a reasonable period of time will depend upon the requirement or restriction; 10 minutes may be reasonable to put a lead on a dog, whereas 7 days would be a more reasonable period of time for a fence to be fixed.

If a Community Protection Notice is not complied with, an individual may face a £100 fixed penalty, or for more serious breaches, be prosecuted (breaching a notice being a criminal offence) and potentially fined £2,500. For organisations, the potential fine upon conviction is £20,000.

Common Prohibitions:

  • Entering certain areas (eg playgrounds)
  • Not exercising at certain times
  • Certain people to not have control of the dog (eg small children)

Common Requirements

  • Keep on a lead / muzzling in certain areas
  • Neutering the dog
  • Fixing fences to prevent dogs escaping from a property
  • Installing a letter cage to protect postal workers
  • Properly disposing of dog waste / cleaning out kennels emitting foul odours

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

This Act contains various provisions to assist Local Authorities to look after their areas and consolidates some provisions (such as those in the Dog [Fouling of Land] Act 1996) in one place. Of particular relevance here, the Act allows the Local Authority to make a Dog Control Order.

Dog Control Orders

The Order can require a dog owner (or anyone in control of a dog, such as someone who regularly takes care of the dog) to do / not do various specified tasks as specified in the order. Common specified issues are to keep the dog on a lead in certain areas (eg playgrounds / farmers' fields) and to clean up dog faeces.

The Order applies to any land open to the air and to which public are permitted access (with or without payment). Arguably, this could therefore include shared residential passageways, as any member of the public visiting a neighbour's property would be entitled to and may even require use of the shared land or easement.

If a Dog Control Order is breached, a fine may be imposed. The amount of the fine will be specified in the Order. However if for any reason a sum is not specified, the standard fine will be £75. (This allows the Courts to increase the sum for repeat offenders). A Community Support Officer can also require a dog owner to give their name and address under the provisions of the Act. Refusal to do so (or giving false details) is in itself an offence.

Other options

The Local Authority will always try to engage with a dog owner using one of the above provisions. However if a dog owner's behaviour is so bad that none of the above are successful in preventing their poor behaviour, Local Authorities are committed to take further steps, particularly where the risk of a person being physically harmed by a dog is high. This may include the need for a civil injunction or Criminal Behaviour Order in serious cases.

Other relevant provisions of which dog owners should be aware

Wearing a collar

Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, any dog whilst in a public place must wear a collar with the owner's name and address including postcode. Owners can be fined up to £5,000 if they fail to ensure that their dog is wearing a collar.The exceptions to this rule are:
  • Police (or military police) dogs
  • Sporting dogs when competing
  • Working sheep dogs
  • Emergency rescue dogs
  • Guide dogs

Microchipping

Under the new Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, it is compulsory for all dogs in England to be microchipped. Owners have until 6 April 2016 to chip and register their dogs. For any dogs purchased / born after 6 April 2016, owners must ensure that they are microchipped and registered by the time they are 8 weeks old.

The only exemptions are dogs which cannot be chipped for health reasons. You will need a vet to certify that that is the case.

Note: Microchips come in different sizes so even very small dogs such as Chihuahuas can be microchipped!

If owners fail to ensure that their dog is chipped and registered, they may be served notice to comply by their local authority or community policing team. If after receiving notice, the dog is not both microchipped and registered within 21 days, the owner may be fined £500 for failure to comply.

If you are a dog owner, make sure that you get your dog chipped and registered asap - don't wait until next April as vets will likely be very busy!!

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Gav - Your Question:
After advice my neighbours have 5 annoying little dogs they are put out in the garden from 7-30am for 15-20 minutes a day constantly barking this goes on for the full 20 minutes 6-7 times a day at viarious times these dogs are put out you can also hear them constantly barking in the house been onto there landlord but they won't do anything they say I must contact council these people never take the dogs for a walk or clean up the dog poo from there garden is there anything I can do

Our Response:
The landlord should do something if your neighbour has contravened the terms of tenancy agreement. Environmental health may investigate the noise and/or cleanliness issues. See our guides on this website for more information.
ProblemNeighbours - 16-May-18 @ 11:32 AM
After advice my neighbours have 5 annoying little dogs they are put out in the garden from 7-30am for 15-20 minutes a day constantly barking this goes on for the full 20 minutes 6-7 times a day at viarious times these dogs are put out you can also hear them constantly barking in the house been onto there landlord but they won't do anything they say I must contact council these people never take the dogs for a walk or clean up the dog poo from there garden is there anything I can do
Gav - 14-May-18 @ 8:15 PM
Daz - Your Question:
My partner and I are constantly being woken up by our neighbors dog barking either at 07.30am or through numerous times of the day as both it's keepers just leave the dog in when they go out, it's now getting to the point where I tend to want to be working away more as it affects my job, the keepers aren't interested in to listening and just ignore requests, so now I want some advice on who to contact.Thankyou.

Our Response:
Please read our guide Dealing with Barking Dogs which tells you the steps you should go through to help solve this problem.
ProblemNeighbours - 14-May-18 @ 10:37 AM
My partner and I are constantly being woken up by our neighbors dog barking either at 07.30am or through numerous times of the day as both it's keepers just leave the dog in when they go out, it's now getting to the point where I tend to want to be working away more as it affects my job, the keepers aren't interested in to listening and just ignore requests, so now I want some advice on who to contact. Thankyou.
Daz - 13-May-18 @ 10:24 AM
Csu - Your Question:
Hi, I wonder whether you have any advice. My neighbour has several dogs, which broke through my fence and killed one of our pet rabbits the other day. To say I'm furious is an understatement. I've since learned that these dogs are Patterdales, 2 high he uses for hunting rabbits. The fence is mine, but I understand that the responsibility of keeping the dogs out of my property lies with the owners. I will be repairing the fence, and reinforcing it in several places but I would rather not have to dog-proof - I could do without the expense or the hassle. I do however think that I will have to do it, as I can't see the neighbours being prepared to do what I consider to be necessary. I can't get into a long dispute, as the weather is getting warmer and we will need to start opening our conservatory door during the day. My rabbits are quite 'free range' and I don't want to have to confine them to their run during all daytime hours, plus I can't find a new companion for my remaining rabbit until this matter is resolved, and she is obviously unhappy. What can I say /do with regards to getting my neighbours to accept and act on their responsibility? I don't talk to them much, so we're not 'friendly' as such but we've not had any problems with them in the past. They don't seem to be particularly nice people though, judging by the way they keep their dogs and scream at their kids & each other. Thanks.

Our Response:
The dogs are not sufficiently under control. Contact your local community policing service and report the incident. It is the owner of the dog that is responsible for keeping it within its own property boundaries and "under control" so as long as your own pets cannot escape then you shouldn't have to "proof" your fence any further. Report this incident to the police and/or your local environmental health officer as it's a dog control issue.
ProblemNeighbours - 2-May-18 @ 12:54 PM
Hi, I have a shared garden with what I thought was a lovely family . I have a small child and a much loved dog . Next door regular opened the back door where we all shared and maintained the garden , to invite the dog in for cuddles fuss and food !! So every time she heard there door go she bounced up! Now occasionaly they had a family member who brought a little dog round . I was warned it was a little s*#t so ok i said let me know when they are there I would make sure they wouldn’t meet. Not so long ago our dog was up stairs chilling with me my daughter opened our back door to the garden there stood a growling lunging little dog ! I luckily heard what was happening and got to her quick closed the door. She thought it wanted to play!!! Errr no. It also had a chunk from my hubby while the owner who was visiting , was in the garden on the phone not paying attention! Then noticed what he had done and laughed it off !!!! To which I kept my cool and when I was clam had a word with the lady of the house. A few months have passed my dog is getting beat of both houses, then one night out the blue the dog is back for a visit 11:30 at night I was not aware of this at all. So we let her out for her usual last toilet go before bed, then bam hyisterical screaming commotion she got hold of the dog . Dragged apparently two people with her to one who did get a minor dog bite to off our dog. I got out side my dog straight away heard me stopped and sat with me. .... sadly the dog never survived. Now she was still Reg to the prev owner who I contacted told her what was what and said she has sadly had the tast of blood now the gutting thing but the best thing is to have her pts. It’s broke our harts! Now all I am getting is constant stress there vet bill put the door daily and my daughter is listening to them calling us ! Do I really have to lay the vet bill after doing what I thought was right , and removing to be delt with appropriately? I’m being threatened with police social services as I have sent the dog to the previous owner to be delt with as i can’t just walk in with a vet and say put this dog to sleep she isn’t in my name am sure ! !! It’s making me so ill my best friend died two days after and yesterday my uncle passed away to!! I feel like I could have a break down !! Please please can anyone offer me advice ?
Gill - 1-May-18 @ 11:54 PM
Hi, I wonder whether you have any advice. My neighbour has several dogs, which broke through my fence and killed one of our pet rabbits the other day. To say I'm furious is an understatement. I've since learned that these dogs are Patterdales, 2 high he uses for hunting rabbits. The fence is mine, but I understand that the responsibility of keeping the dogs out of my property lies with the owners. I will be repairing the fence, and reinforcing it in several places but I would rather not have to dog-proof - I could do without the expense or the hassle. I do however think that I will have to do it, as I can't see the neighbours being prepared to do what I consider to be necessary. I can't get into a long dispute, as the weather is getting warmer and we will need to start opening our conservatory door during the day. My rabbits are quite 'free range' and I don't want to have to confine them to their run during all daytime hours, plus I can't find a new companion for my remaining rabbit until this matter is resolved, and she is obviously unhappy. What can I say /do with regards to getting my neighbours to accept and act on their responsibility? I don't talk to them much, so we're not 'friendly' as such but we've not had any problems with them in the past. They don't seem to be particularly nice people though, judging by the way they keep their dogs and scream at their kids & each other. Thanks.
Csu - 29-Apr-18 @ 4:17 PM
Scared - Your Question:
Our neighbours recently got a new dog. It jumped our wall and crept up behind my husband it bit my husbands fingers. Since then it has destroyed parts of our fence growls viciously if we go anywhere near our boundary fence. We have recently retired and are doing building work to the house do we can enjoy our garden.this dog is making our life a misery and both of us very depressed. Our neighbours keep it in if we are working in the garden but we live in fear it will get out and come over. What can we do it has bitten their daughter and nipped her friend but they just say it's puppy nips even tho it's nearly a year old. Can any one help I don't want to fall out with my neighbours

Our Response:
Your neighbour is responsible for keeping their dog in their own garden and this includes maintaining a fence that is sufficient for that purpose. If you don't want to fall out with your neighbour, then talking to them again is your first option. Explain that it is spoiling your enjoyment of the garden and it is their responsibility to keep it under control. Suggest appropriate fencing etc and say you really don't want to take further action but may have to do so if it continues. If it does continue, you can report it to the council or the police who can take action in accordance with a number of pieces of relevant legislation such as dog control or statutory nuisance laws.
ProblemNeighbours - 25-Apr-18 @ 12:04 PM
Our neighbours recently got a new dog . It jumped our wall and crept up behind my husband it bit my husbands fingers . Since then it has destroyed parts of our fence growls viciously if we go anywhere near our boundary fence . We have recently retired and are doing building work to the house do we can enjoy our garden .this dog is making our life a misery and both of us very depressed . Our neighbours keep it in if we are working in the garden but we live in fear it will get out and come over . What can we do it has bitten their daughter and nipped her friend but they just say it's puppy nips even tho it's nearly a year old . Can any one help I don't want to fall out with my neighbours
Scared - 24-Apr-18 @ 10:54 AM
Is there anything that can be done regarding dogs who are left in gardens and allowed to charge at gates and fences to aggressively harrass those passing by in the street? I only have to cross a couple of streets to get from my house to the fields and it is a nightmare whichever way I go. It completely stresses my dogs out when dogs do this..I try crossing the road and then have another one straight across the road or it happens in snickets where there is little room. The weather getting warmer again now means these dogs will be out even more. I'm even getting injured by my own dogs freaking out when these fence fighters charge at us. I know there's a barrier in the way usually but it still makes it very stressful for me just trying to walk my dogs along the street. It really riles me up and I'd never let my dogs harrass those walking past my house....must be annoying for neighbours listening to the racket every 5 mins as well since these dogs will charge and bark at anyone that walks past, not just me..
Canis Lupess - 5-Apr-18 @ 7:15 PM
My neighbours dog is keep peeing next to the garden fence and everything goes to passageway that we are sharing. The smell is horrible! I can smell in front and back garden and in my kitchen. Where shall I report this if councill is not helping? They living in council house.
J.g - 4-Apr-18 @ 11:31 AM
Hello, our neighbour hates dogs, she already reported other neighbours French bulldog puppy for "attacking" her boy :-) The puppy only wanted to play. But we have a dog as well. She never did anything wrong to our neighbours, we keep her on the lead but sometimes she jumpes on the neighbours concrete fence. I guess she doesn't like it but never mentioned anything as she doesn't even say hi, just ignores us for no reason. Today I found out she sprinkled some yellow stuff over her fence which looks like a glue. Very nasty thing to do as she has a little one year old boy who walkes around that fence, while holding it and they own a cat as well. But worse thing is there are kids playing around all the time. Is there any place I could report this nonsense? I'm sure that's illegal. Thank you
Lulu - 20-Mar-18 @ 6:26 PM
PleaseHelp - Your Question:
My step Dad was out walking our 3 dogs when he came across 2 big dogs running towards him (Rottweiler and Akita Cross), my step Dad did all he could to protect our dogs but the Akita Cross made a lunge for one of our older (almost 14 years old) smaller dogs, it grabbed and bit his leg and put him into terrible shock, our dog couldn’t bare any weight on one of his front legs and paw, the owner came out and said it’s never done it before, 3 days later my Mum set off to work at 6am in the morning and the dogs were roaming the street and made a beeline for my Mum and again she was in terrible shock. After speaking with our neighbours the dog’s owners have said to them the dogs are constantly getting out, apparently the Rottweiler is ok but if the Akita Cross see’s another dog it’s out to kill! (the owners own words), their friend put a post up on FB 4 almost 5 hours after the dog’s had escaped that morning asking if anyone had seen the dogs and she’s also stated that they are ‘known for getting out’ yet they clearly do nothing to prevent this. They have recently moved in to a rented property just around the corner from us and we having been living in our home that we own for 21 years. We are now scared to take our dogs out which we’ve never been in the almost 14 years of having dogs, they are in a very set routine of having 5/6 walks a day. Something needs to be done if the owner even says ‘one is out to kill’, ‘next’ time we fear it could be much worse and don’t know how much more our old dog could take, please help as we’re sick of living in fear. What can we do and who can we report it to? Kind regards

Our Response:
Report it tothe police or your local environmental health department.
ProblemNeighbours - 16-Mar-18 @ 1:52 PM
My step Dad was out walking our 3 dogs when he came across 2 big dogs running towards him (Rottweiler and Akita Cross), my step Dad did all he could to protect our dogs but the Akita Cross made a lunge for one of our older (almost 14 years old) smaller dogs, it grabbed and bit his leg and put him into terrible shock, our dog couldn’tbare any weight on one of his front legs and paw, the owner came out and said it’s never done it before, 3 days later my Mum set off to work at 6am in the morning and the dogs were roaming the street and made a beeline for my Mum and again she was in terrible shock. After speaking with our neighbours the dog’s owners have said to them the dogs are constantly getting out, apparently the Rottweiler is ok but if the Akita Cross see’s another dog it’s out to kill! (the owners own words), their friend put a post up on FB 4 almost 5 hours after the dog’s had escaped that morning asking if anyone had seen the dogs and she’s also stated that they are ‘known for getting out’ yet they clearly do nothing to prevent this. They have recently moved in to a rented property just around the corner from us and we having been living in our home that we own for 21 years. We are now scared to take our dogs out which we’ve never been in the almost 14 years of having dogs, they are in a very set routine of having 5/6 walks a day. Something needs to be done if the owner even says ‘one is out to kill’, ‘next’ time we fear it could be much worse and don’t know how much more our old dog could take, please help as we’re sick of living in fear. What can we do and who can we report it to? Kind regards
PleaseHelp - 15-Mar-18 @ 12:25 PM
DLJ- Your Question:
I never speak to my next door neighbour, she is an immigrant whose English is not very good. She has an aggressive dog that tried to attack me just as I was returning home with some shopping. I was unhurt, and so was my shopping, but this incident has especially left me shaken. She has been living there almost as long as I have (3 years). I have never owned a dog in my life so I do not fully understand their behaviours, and I suffer from autism, so I have always had struggles with communication.

Our Response:
Could you send a note to explain to the neighbour that you are not used to dogs and that dogs should be kept under control (mention dog control orders). If you think the dog is genuinely aggressive is a danger to you/is distressing you when you walk past etc, then contact environmental health/the council's dog warden.
ProblemNeighbours - 27-Feb-18 @ 2:37 PM
I never speak to my next door neighbour, she is an immigrant whose English is not very good. She has an aggressive dog that tried to attack me just as I was returning home with some shopping. I was unhurt, and so was my shopping, but this incident has especially left me shaken. She has been living there almost as long as I have (3 years). I have never owned a dog in my life so I do not fully understand their behaviours, and I suffer from autism, so I have always had struggles with communication.
DLJ - 25-Feb-18 @ 12:04 PM
Robbo85 - Your Question:
We have a neighbour with a nuisance dog.We live in a row of terraced houses with shared access to the back via a gennel. The dog howls constantly whilst the owners are out, all of which I've been logging. The dog has also gone to bite my husband three times now and our neighbour has no control over the dog. We reported this to 101 and had a visit from PCSO's which wasn't helpful as the male PCSO dismissed the dog's behaviour as it is a JR x. The neighbour on the other side of our next door neighbour has also complained to the local authority as the problem neighbour has a broken fence which she refused to repair. The problem dog has also tried attack our other neighbours dog. The problem isn't getting any better and the neighbour now deliberately lets the dog out to chase our cat and the neighbours dog, this has been corroborated by our other neighbour. I'm not sure where else to go as the problem neighbour owns their house.

Our Response:
Contact your local council's dog warden about this. They can take action in relation to dangerous dogs.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Feb-18 @ 12:07 PM
Boss- Your Question:
Our neighbour has a really aggressive dog that barks constantly, has destroyed the fence, on the side which is their responsibility to maintain, when ever we go out to the garden it shoves it head through the fence, barks and snarls, even tryed to attack our daughter when she got close to the fence, we have bought our house but next door is housing association,so they just don't care about the noise, risk of attack or the state of the fence, please help, what can we do?????

Our Response:
Firstly make a complaint to the housing association, they will have rules about dog control and also property (and fence) maintenance. If that doesn't have the necessary effect, complain to environmental health, they have powers to act in the case of aggressive dogs.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Feb-18 @ 10:41 AM
We have a neighbour with a nuisance dog. We live in a row of terraced houses with shared access to the back via a gennel. The dog howls constantly whilst the owners are out, all of which I've been logging. The dog has also gone to bite my husband three times now and our neighbour has no control over the dog. We reported this to 101 and had a visit from PCSO's which wasn't helpful as the male PCSO dismissed the dog's behaviour as it is a JR x. The neighbour on the other side of our next door neighbour has also complained to the local authority as the problem neighbour has a broken fence which she refused to repair. The problem dog has also tried attack our other neighbours dog. The problem isn't getting any better and the neighbour now deliberately lets the dog out to chase our cat and the neighbours dog, this has been corroborated by our other neighbour. I'm not sure where else to go as the problem neighbour owns their house.
Robbo85 - 11-Feb-18 @ 7:00 PM
Our neighbour has a really aggressive dog that barks constantly, has destroyed the fence, on the side which is their responsibility to maintain, when ever we go out to the garden it shoves it head through the fence, barks and snarls, even tryed to attack our daughter when she got close to the fence, we have bought our house but next door is housing association,so they just don't care about the noise, risk of attack or the state of the fence, please help, what can we do?????
Boss - 11-Feb-18 @ 7:28 AM
FedUp - Your Question:
Our back garden is separated from a back garden in the street behind by a fence. The fence is in a severe state of disrepair as the other people have piled so much rubbish against it. They have now bought a dog which gets into our garden and poos everywhere - who should we report this too? The council?

Our Response:
Talk to the neighbour first of all. It's their responsibility to fence their dog in - if they don't you can contact your local council.
ProblemNeighbours - 5-Feb-18 @ 2:50 PM
Our back garden is separated from a back garden in the street behind by a fence. The fence is in a severe state of disrepair as the other people have piled so much rubbish against it. They have now bought a dog which gets into our garden and poos everywhere - who should we report this too? The council?
FedUp - 3-Feb-18 @ 10:09 AM
Suzie - Your Question:
Our neighbors have built an extension on the back of the property and have taken our fence posts and panels out why they built the extension the extensions now finished but they still haven’t put our fence posts and panels back in we have an AstroTurf lawn their dog keeps pooing on our plastic grass getting through where the panel is still out months after they’ve finished the extension.I’m 6 months pregnant with my first and I’m really fed up of picking up dog poo Iv got so annoyed about it now Iv started to throw it back over but there Gardens still a building site so they down give a damn. What do I do?!

Our Response:
Speak to them, if necessary write a note with a time frame for reinstating the fence. If they don't act, tell them you propose to get the work done yourself and to bill them for the cost. You then have the small claims court as your last resort for reclaiming the costs from them.
ProblemNeighbours - 7-Nov-17 @ 3:39 PM
Our neighbors have built an extension on the back of the property and have taken our fence posts and panels out why they built the extension the extensions now finished but they still haven’t put our fence posts and panels back in we have an AstroTurf lawn their dog keeps pooing on our plastic grass getting through where the panel is still out months after they’ve finished the extension. I’m 6 months pregnant with my first and I’m really fed up of picking up dog poo Iv got so annoyed about it now Iv started to throw it back over but there Gardens still a building site so they down give a damn. What do I do?!
Suzie - 6-Nov-17 @ 10:03 PM
deb969 - Your Question:
I live on an estate and my cat is being attacked and terrorised in my home. My private garden and in the communial gardens within the estate. The dog got hold of my 11 year old male cat today. Luckily my cat manged to run to my garden but the dog was up its arse and in a frenzy. This is a cat death waiting to happen and is making me ill with worry

Our Response:
Any dog owner has to keep it fenced within their own property and you can report any dog owners to your local council for not doing so.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Oct-17 @ 3:25 PM
I live on an estate and my cat is being attacked and terrorised in my home . My private garden and in the communial gardens within the estate. The dog got hold of my 11 year old male cat today . Luckily my cat manged to run to my garden but the dog was up its arse and in a frenzy. This is a cat death waiting to happen and is making me ill with worry
deb969 - 13-Oct-17 @ 12:50 AM
My neighbours have two large huskies,the female escapes into my garden,I live in a mid terraced property,I have had to let my neighbour come through my home to retrieve there dog from my back garden,my son will not go into my garden as he was attacked in a playground by a dog when he was little,this has left him with a fear of dogs,and he will not go into our garden unless they have a secure fence,that there dog cannot get over,Ihave spoken with my neighbour and over the past three years theyhave promised,to erect a fence,that didn't happen, build a large enclosure for them while there in there garden,that was over 5 months ago,they have also cut the chain link fencing I had to take there dog back through as they thought I hadn't realised there dog was in my garden again
Mandy - 14-Jul-17 @ 9:16 PM
I have been married more than 20years, always had cats, wanted dogs as well, but d hb wouldn't have it, but 2yrs ago I decided to get to husky pups as I love big dogs. I did a lot of research on their behaviour. They got through d fence into the neighbours on d right. I reimbursed them for d damage. I have 6' high fences, I reinforced this with chicken wire all d way around & up d fences. I keep them n when I am at home, but d hb puts them out when I am on night duty. Last night they dug under d fence & got into neighbours garden at 3 in the morning. Hb rang me at 6am to say dogs were running wild. When I got home & completed d school run, neighbour gave a bill for damage- £17- I paid it. They don't like dogs or cats, when we first moved in- I watched d neighbour throw d cat poo back over our fence. She has threatened to complain to d council about d dogs escaping- I have apologised. I don't want to, but I feel I will have to get rid of d dogs. I can't get rid of d husband as yet as I have 12 year old & I can't leave her home alone when I am at work. What can I do??
dogescapists - 9-Jun-17 @ 4:02 PM
Pat - Your Question:
For 7 years ourselves and our neighbours have had to put up with 2 dogs locked in a small cage in a small garden relentlessly barking all day nearly everyday. One dog savages the other now and again. We have spoken to him face to face, by telephone and messages. The RSPCA say they cannot intervene as they are fed and watered. I have recordings and logged over 150 complaints to the neighbour. We had to sell our house after an illness for quiet. The irony is that we found a lovely quiet place and he has now moved in to an adjacent property behind us. He has placed his dogs as far away from his house as possible and a matter of feet away from our garden in their cage again. They are nearer to us as they ever were. I have complained twice already within a few months along with sound recordings I sent to him. He has now put electric collars on them. Now when he and his children are playing football in the garden or in their hotub at night I can hear the dogs trying to bark and the high pitch sound from the collars. We are animal lovers and to top it off, have recently found out that our dog of 12 years has weeks to live. I just cannot cope with his total disregard and disrespect of our Feelings. These dogs never go out and are barking through sheer unhappiness and boredom. We even asked him if we could have the smaller one who was being savaged and he said no. He keeps saying it's not his fault and he's trying to rehome them. I told him your problem should not become anyone else's problem. I can't cope with this as my health isn't too good. Summers not even here yet and I know that with his larger garden and children playing and dogs barking it will get worse. So much for my zen garden of tranquility and peace. How can we be that unlucky? It will be 8 years this year of this hellish nightmare. Environmental health authority ? He also has cameras and a very large floodlight which he turns on at night and it shines on ours and our neighbors house through the upstairs windows. At our old address, a sound recording device was fitted by the council, his cameras recorded this and the dogs were promptly removed for two weeks until the device was taken down. It just so unjust. What can I do for some quiet in our lives? Every time I now hear a small dog yapping my blood pressure goes sky high. Please help.

Our Response:
Unfortunately for you, the environmental health is your best option. Try again, both the light and noise may constitute a nuisance that they can act on. If that is unsuccessful, your next option is a private legal action.
ProblemNeighbours - 16-Feb-17 @ 11:37 AM
For 7 years ourselves and our neighbours have had to put up with 2 dogs locked in a small cage in a small garden relentlessly barking all day nearly everyday. One dog savages the other now and again. We have spoken to him face to face, by telephone and messages. The RSPCA say they cannot intervene as they are fed and watered. I have recordings and logged over 150 complaints to the neighbour.We had to sell our house after an illness for quiet.The irony is that we found a lovely quiet place and he has now moved in to an adjacent property behind us. He has placed his dogs as far away from his house as possible and a matter of feet away from our garden in their cage again. They are nearer to us as they ever were. I have complained twice already within a few months along with sound recordings I sent to him.He has now put electric collars on them. Now when he and his children are playing football in the garden or in their hotub at night I can hear the dogs trying to bark and the high pitch sound from the collars.We are animal lovers and to top it off, have recently found out that our dog of 12 years has weeks to live.I just cannot cope with his total disregard and disrespect ofourFeelings. These dogs never go out and are barking through sheer unhappiness and boredom. We even asked him if we could have the smaller one who was being savaged and he said no. He keeps saying it's not his fault and he's trying to rehomethem.I told him your problem should not become anyone else's problem. I can't cope with this as my health isn't too good.Summers not even here yet and I know that with his larger garden and children playing and dogs barking it will get worse.So much for my zen garden of tranquility and peace.How can we be that unlucky? It will be 8 years this year of this hellish nightmare.Environmental health authority ?He also has cameras and a very large floodlight which he turns on at night and it shines on ours and our neighbors house through the upstairs windows.At our old address, a sound recording device was fitted by the council, his cameras recorded this and the dogs were promptly removed for two weeks until the device was taken down.It just so unjust. What can I do for some quiet in our lives? Every time I now hear a small dog yapping my blood pressure goes sky high. Please help.
Pat - 15-Feb-17 @ 2:42 PM
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