I think in NC you can shoot it if it's on your property, but I wouldn't suggest any firearms if you're in a subdivision. If there's a natural area around, they might be hiding out back there, and it might be pretty easy to cap 'em if your hubby could hang out in the woods for a little while. We had to do that a few times, but we lived on 100's of acres of undeveloped land. Subdivisions are going to be a bit harder.

I also have a friend whose dog was killed by another while it was on a walk on a leash. I'd keep Charlie leashed until the aggressors are taken care of.

Posted by Sis B at February 10, 2008 02:18 PM

Take Charlie walking in another neighborhood until these dogs are caught, k? We had an experience in our family where a known aggressive German Shepherd was allowed in the retirement community where ex-dh's grandma lived. That dog ripped her tiny Maltese from the arms of her nurse and shook her dog to death. His grandma (and the nurse) were never the same after that and my first mil, who is not a sheepdog in the least, would have shot that dog on sight, I'm sure.

I hope enough of your neighbors get on the horn to the authorities until they either a) get out there until the job is done or b) give some professionals an opportunity to take care of it.

Posted by Guard Wife at February 10, 2008 05:33 PM

That is really scary. My childhood cat was an indoor/outdoor cat, and he was mauled by a neighbor's loose, vicious dog. I can't imagine what it must have felt like to have to walk home knowing that the dog was somewhere behind you.

Maybe you can call either animal control or the local authorities and ask what you can do if the animals are on your property or if you see them? Maybe you're allowed to shoot them where you live, or they'll give you some other options that might make you feel safer?

Posted by Ann M. at February 12, 2008 09:13 PM