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Old 07-30-2004, 09:07 PM
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Unhappy Pepper sprayed dogs...

Yesterday my two dogs and I were sitting outside in our yard, the are tethered and on leashes at all times, were laying by the bushes in our yard and this yucky woman pepper sprayed both of my dogs. They weren't even barking or anything!

I am totally shook up about this, if my own yard is not safe for my dogs what is?!?!?! I live in a condo complex, and I was on the phone right away to tell them of what happened, and they basically acted like my "kids" didn't matter.

Has anyone else had any problems like this happen to them? Am I totally crazy for not being able to get past this? I am really angry and want something done but I do not know what I should do. I did notify the police, and again it was not a priority, more of a bother to them.

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Old 07-30-2004, 09:19 PM
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Beth, you make sure there is a report filed with the police.

Consider having your attorney (yes, everyone should have a family attorney!) write a letter of protest to the condo management. You're creating a paper trail and memorializing the event. This is very important.

If you had to take your dogs to the vet, attach a copy of the vet bill to the letter, demanding payment, from your attorney to the (I can't put the words I'm thinking in this forum!) neighbor who sprayed your dogs, with a copy to the condo management.

And, sorry to say, from now on you're going to have to keep an eagle eye on your dogs at all times. Once someone has done something like that, you can be sure they're going to try to do something much worse and more permanent.

One of the reasons you have an attorney create the paper trail is to put people of this ilk on the alert that they will be held liable and responsible for their actions. That tends to make them stop and think before they try things. Think of your attorney as your own personal guard dog on steroids.
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Old 07-30-2004, 09:37 PM
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Exclamation Hi Renee

My brother in law is the captain of the Baraboo WI police and he filed the report. The worst part is I do not think this lady lives in the condos. I have a phone call out to an attorney that my brother in law knows and who has handled animal protection incidents before.

You are so right, I am right with them everywhere, even closer than before. I was totally unable to sleep hardly at all last night, every move they made I was up and ready to fight. (Of course they did not nor do not want to leave my side now at all. They keep their eyes on either myself or my husband at all times.) I bought them special treats tonight and a set of toys, to let them know it is ok. They were pretty shooken up about it, but forgot relatively quickly. I haven't! I am steaming mad. How dare this toxic person do this!!!

Thank you for telling me that I am not a terrible mother to my pups. I also went to all the dog and pet owners I know in the complex what happened, everyone I talked to when I gave the description of the woman has mentioned they do not recognize who I am describing as a condo person. We have a bike path that runs through our complex and it is open for anyone to come through....which for what we pay for fees it shoule be gated. Maybe that should be addressed by the attorney! The other thing is I asked that all the people I told tell all their friends even if they do not live here in the complex. The more people are aware, hopefully the less this will happen.

You are always a great help. I know I keep telling you this, but Renee honestly without someone to be as knowledgeable as you are, I would be lost!
So again thank you! I appreciate the fact that you are here and answered so quickly.

Beth
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Old 07-30-2004, 09:44 PM
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Definitely, definitely see about having the condo association or management post the bike trail as private property. That way you have a trespassing charge against the person who did this is she reappears. (I didn't spent 10 years as a paralegal doing criminal defense work without figuring out a few things - haha!)

Check out your state's animal cruelty laws, too. Here in Tennessee we've finally got a law in place that enables felony charges to be brought in some cases of animal cruelty.

I'm glad I can be of help. Just think what a world we'd live in if everyone reached out to help each other instead of acting selfishly!
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Old 07-31-2004, 01:28 PM
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I had something like that happen to me also. I was out in front of my house and my dogs were tied up in the garage. I stepped in for a second to answer the phone when a man walked up my driveway for no reason and walked into my garage. I guess my golden retriever jumped on him and he pepper sprayed my dog. I heard a loud yelp and I ran out to find the man hitting my golden retriever while my miniature dachshund was barking furiously. I am very quick tempered and I snapped and let this guy know how I felt with my fists. He also got some of that pepper spray on me and THAT STUFF BURNS! (I know this is the wrong way to settle a dispute but when it comes to animal cruelty, especially when its MY animals, i snap. Why hit an animal that doesn't even know what it did wrong.) Luckily no charges were filed againts me but stuff like this really makes me mad.
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Old 07-31-2004, 07:41 PM
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What do you mean, "luckily no charges were filed against you?" He was in YOUR garage, uninvited. He was trespassing, he assaulted and injured your dog - damaging your property as well as commiting cruelty, and he assaulted you! Assault is a felony. Everywhere. If you were a under 18 at the time he also assaulted a minor, which brings stiffer penalties.

I hope you beat the living #&*$ out of him . . . and I'm the most anti-violent redhead that's ever lived.
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Old 08-01-2004, 05:44 PM
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I'd have been the first to spray that pepper spray right in those people's faces, and asked them how THEY liked it. But, then I'd probably be arrested.

Luckily I've never had my dogs maced, but someone tried to poison my Lab/Chow X because she always growled at people walking by our fence.
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Old 08-01-2004, 06:45 PM
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That is terrible! I'm sorry that your dogs had to encounter such a horrible thing for no reason.
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Old 08-02-2004, 05:26 AM
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WOW...this is just bizarre!! I can't imagine someone doing something to my dogs when they were in my own yard....BUT...the idea that someone walked right into your garage, Shredhead, and did what they did.......I would have totally freaked out!!! I agree...hope you got some good hits in. I wouldn't worry about being charged if the person was on my property and I gave them my worst. The nerve of some people just amazes me. I know I'd be spitting nails about the pepper spray incident, too.
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Old 08-02-2004, 12:38 PM
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I can not believe the nerve of some people. I've never had anyone try to hurt my dogs, but I do have to defend my pit bull almost every day. I keep running into people who say pit bulls are so mean and vicious. Can you believe some people actually say that pit bulls should be illegal to have as pets? That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I always keep a close eye on my babies. If someone would have pepper sprayed my dogs or hit them, I would have beat the crap out of them. I just can't handle that. I have no tolerance for people like that.
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