My neighbor's dog killed my cat. Now what do I do?
December 11, 2008 2:05 PM Subscribe
I need helping dealing with a difficult neighbor situation and the death of a family pet. What would you do?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (32 answers total)
First some background: The house we have lived in for about 5 years is in a decent working class neighborhood in the suburbs. It is next to the worst kept house on the street, something we didn't notice until move in day. The neighbor that lives in this house seems nice - we exchange hello’s occasionally but that's it. Shortly after we moved in we noticed a lot of traffic coming and going to the house. Mostly high school-ish age kids, some rough looking dudes on harleys occasionally late at night. I went to college for several years and had a fantastic time, so I was aware of what was probably going on.
The houses in our neighborhood are small, but have big lots which are great for gardening. We choose to mainly grow vegetables and such. My neighbor is more into the commodity type of home gardening, on a large scale. I am pro-legalization, but not for grow-ops in your backyard. I have no problem with personal use. Last year the neighbor decided he needed extra security so he got himself some pit bulls. Three at last count.
Yesterday a visiting relative let one of our indoor cats out into the backyard. He has snuck out in the past but generally gets bored or hungry and comes back in an hour or two later. The relative left for the day, not realizing the cat had gotten out (she says). She mentioned when I got home that one of our cats was missing, and then shortly after that the neighbor knocked on our door and said his dogs were missing. I put things together quickly in my head and a few minutes later was standing over our deceased cat in our backyard.
I am fairly certain that his dogs got over the fence by climbing on top of one of the cars in their backyard and jumping the fence. However one of our side gates was open from a utility company person who was in our backyard the day before, so there were no dogs around when I got home. There are signs in the backyard of a definite chase that occurred. It is possible, but highly unlikely, that some *other* dog or animal is the culprit. It was not another cat judging from the condition of mine.
I want this neighbor gone. Or at a minimum his dogs gone. I can report a “vicious animal” and animal control would investigate (I called and asked), but part of me is thinking wait until Spring and make an anonymous call to the cops about the garden. Fear of retaliation (and stupid drug laws) has kept me from doing this so far.
I'm not sure a "you need to get rid of the dogs and pot farm" conversation will go over well.
What would you do?