AIBU to tell her to rehome her dogs.

(6 Posts)
MarcoPoloCX Wed 11-May-16 16:54:20

This woman has four huge dogs. Three mastiffs type and a boxer.
A couple of them are unpredictable with other dogs and one of the two has attacked several other dogs on my street, my dogs included. I reported her to the police and she denied everything but hey that's another story.

Anyway, she works full time and takes them out maximum two at a time at 5.30am in the morning and when it's dark and occasionally during the day when she's off work. They get a quick walk, max 25 mins walk but often shorter. I don't think they have much people interaction until she gets home from work. I believe they are kept in an outdoor built kennel as she has a family member living with her who's unwell, so I don't think they are kept inside the main area of the house.

The dogs are not exercised enough, not socialised enough, with very little human interaction during the day.

And after a recent unprovoked attack by her dogs where she said she tripped over when in fact she was pulled over by her dogs that were going for the leashed little Poodle, we argued that she should only take them out one at a time, and to have it leashed and muzzled as obviously she couldn't control them or just rehome them as we think it's too much for her to handle. And it's not doing them any good. They are strong dogs and require someone who can control them. I just think if she doesn't take any action it won't be long before another dog gets seriously injured.

MarcoPoloCX Wed 11-May-16 16:56:27

Telling her to rehome was not the first thing we said but at the end of the other suggestions we said to her.

tinymeteor Wed 11-May-16 17:03:26

Who is this person to you? A friend/relative or just a neighbour?

If the latter, I don't think you're in a position to 'tell' her to do anything. Report any incidents that directly involve you, or if you have concerns about serious neglect then you can notify the RSPCA. Other than that, I'd say keep your beak out. Lots of people are less-than-optimal dog owners. You can't tackle all of them.

MarcoPoloCX Wed 11-May-16 17:12:07

Someone on the next street.
There has been at least five incidents in the last 18 months involving her dogs that I recently found out. Three incidents involving puncture wounds to the other dogs.

Latest attack the owner reported her but I don't think the police is pursuing it.

sparechange Thu 12-May-16 10:32:09

I would say the chances of her listening to you and rehoming her dogs is a big fat zero.

The best course is probably to report every single incident to the police, and encourage others to do the same. They will eventually have to act on the very clear pattern

pigsDOfly Thu 12-May-16 13:34:38

Police won't be interested in dog on dog attacks. Unless the dogs attack a person police don't take any action.

If you want to report these incidences you need to speak to the dog warden but as they have very few legal powers there's probably not a lot you can do.

Can't see how you can tell her to rehome her dogs, even if it would be for the best.

From your description it doesn't sound to me as if the dogs are being seriously neglected. They maybe not being treated ideally but I very much doubt the RSPCA would class it as neglect.

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