How can I stop this stray dog from destroying my property?
February 4, 2014 2:12 PM Subscribe
A stray pit mix wandered up to my place a few days ago and has begun chewing on my car, destroying my brand new bumper and puncturing the sidewall of a tire. I called the Sheriff's office and a deputy was sent out to tell me that I can put the dog down myself but there's nothing they can do. I don't have the means to kill this dog, nor do I want to. What are my options?
posted by kpetrich to Pets & Animals (38 answers total)
I live in a very rural area and don't really know my neighbors. I drive a small car, so transporting the mutt anywhere is a no-go unless I enlist the help of a coworker with a truck. I'm outside of city limits, so while my town has Animal Control, they won't do anything for me. The Sheriff's Deputy, since I don't know the dog's owner (I'm pretty confident he was dumped, he was incredibly thin when he showed up at my house), won't do anything. On their second visit to my house yesterday, they told me I could "put him down on my own" but they can't do anything. I explained that I didn't have the means to do so and the Deputy just shrugged.
This morning I gave the dog a dose of benadryl with peanut butter, in hopes that I could change my tire and leave my house without the dog attacking my car again. The meds didn't do much, but I was able to get to work with my remaining tires still intact.
I'm getting really close to having a meltdown about this. The front end of my vehicle was repaired last week after it was hit and run, so my BRAND NEW expensive bumper now has a ridiculous amount of holes and chew marks on it. My tire was punctured on the sidewall, so I will be buying a new tire instead of repairing the one I have. I caught the dog going after one of my other tires this morning while I was putting my donut on. I yelled and he wandered off, but I wonder what tomorrow morning will be like. Please, please help. I'm not a dog person, don't have dog experience and don't know what to do.