The Dog Catcher’s Trap


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Thank you all for your kind words of regret, and suggestions on what to do about these bloodthirsty dogs.

At first I just planned on shooting them on sight. I even considered putting out antifreeze. But, I really hate to just poison any animal that comes along. I love animals, and there are a lot around here which I would not want to harm. I have my heart set on two Pitbulls. And, I’ve never shot an animal, and though I would do it in a heartbeat to protect my children, I’d feel bad just shooting a dog who isn’t doing anything wrong at the time.

So, following the advice of many of you, I called Animal Control. The man I spoke with was really nice, a country fella’ with a strong southern accent. I explained to him what happened with our goats, and expressed my concern for our children’s safety. His first response was, “You didn’t shoot the dogs?” I was surprised, as I thought they would warn against doing this. I told him that the dogs had run away before we could do anything about them.

He was very talkative, and kept me on the phone for a while. Somewhere in the conversation he said, “You ain’t from around here, are ya? You got an accent.” I laughed and said, “Me? You have an accent!” I told him that I was from California, but that I have been living here for 12 years now, and was trying my best not to pick up a southern accent. He said, “Yeah, you probly talk more proper than us.” He was funny.

Anyways, a few hours later animal control was out at our house setting up a trap. I’m really hoping that it works. I just want to get these dogs away from our home, and not have to worry about them anymore. I asked the officer who came if I was allowed to shoot the dogs if I saw them come back and he said, “You aren’t allowed to shoot them unless they are in the act of attacking something. If they kill your chickens, and then come back an hour later and are just wandering around, legally you aren’t allowed to shoot them.” Then, as he looked around us, he went on to say, “But y’all are so far out here… nobody would even know.”

He laughed and said he thought he was going to need a helicopter to get him onto our property. He was a nice guy. I really hope the trap works. He baited it with wet dog food. They’ll only leave it until Friday. Then they’ll come and take it away, and bring it back again Monday if I want. That seems silly to me. It seems like most of the times that we see the dogs on our property it is on the weekend. I guess we’ll have to handle them ourselves if we see them then.

Anyways, say a prayer that we catch the dogs! I’m ready to be done with this. Thanks for all of your support and suggestions!


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

7 Comments

  1. I WAS ONLY JOKING ABOUT THE SOUTHERN ACCENT THING, I HOPED YOU REALIZED THAT. ACTUALLY I HAVE A PIT BULL AND BEAGLES AND A FEW ASSORTED DOGS, BUT I KEEP THEM IN A FENCE, I DONT LIKE PEOPLE LETTING DOGS ROAM AROUND BOTHERING OTHERS. I WORRY ABOUT MINE GETTING HURT ANYWAY, SO IM CAREFUL. MY PITBULL IS VERY AFFECTIONATE, BUT ALSO SHE IS THE STRONGEST DOG AND MOST ENERGETIC IVE EVER HAD. I WOULD NEVER NEVER LET THAT DOG RUN AROUND LOOSE. I CAN SEE THE DANGER IN THAT. ALSO MY KIDS ARE GROWN NOW, OR I WOULDENT HAVE ALL THESE DOGS ANYWAY. PITBULLS HAVE TO BE SOCIALIZED FROM A YOUNG AGE AND THE VET TOLD ME NEVER TO PLAY FIGHT WITH HER, AND WE NEVER HAVE,SHE PLAYS VERY WELL WITH OUR OTHER DOGS, BUT WOULD PROBABLY NOT LIKE AN OUTSIDER TO COME IN.IVE TALKED TO MANY PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY ARE VERY GOOD IF THEY ARE RAISED GOOD AND TREATED GOOD, BUT THERE IS A DEFINITE POTENTIAL FOR THEM TO BE BAD, THEYRE REALLY SMART TOO.

    • Sandra,

      I knew you were teasing me 😉 Yeah, you are right about Pitbulls being good dogs as long as they are raised properly. Before we had kids, my husband and I had two Rottweilers. We loved them like babies, and they were the sweetest dogs ever. They thought they were lap dogs; every time we ever sat down on the ground, they’d come over, back up, and plop down on our laps to get rubbed. They were so, so sweet. We had to move into the city for a while (after we’d raised the dogs for several years), and had to find homes for them though. We were fortunate to find people with lots of land to take them in and love them, and we made sure that they would be fixed.

      Still, I wouldn’t have let the kids play with the dogs. You just never know what they might do. That goes for any big dogs. I’ve known several children who were attacked by a Lab.

  2. aif you only see them around the weekend, I wonder if their owners are allowing them to run free then, maybe while theyre home from work or something? Hey now, whats with the southern accent knock? (aint yall fixin to talk like us?)

    • Sandra,

      Nothing against Southern accents, I think they’re cute! 🙂 But me talking southern would just be weird! Yes, I’ve been wondering the same thing about the dogs. We don’t see them very often, but I’m going to start paying better attention to what days I do see them when they come back. If it is just the weekends it would be much easier on me.

  3. Hopefully that will work. Maybe you can try to create some kind of trap of your own, if they take theirs away before the dogs come back. Then call them to come pick them up, once you’ve trapped them. Either way, I hope you get them and your animals & kids will stay safe.

  4. I did the same thing as you, called animal control and got a trap for to catch the dogs. They were kinda like the guy you talked to. He said I can’t tell you to kill it, but if you do, take care of the body. They told me they would come back and get the trap in a week and that was in February! I still have their trap, they haven’t came back and got it, yet. It also hasn’t caught a dog yet. I caught my cat one time, though. We put some kind of meat in there once in a while trying to catch something, but so far no luck, other than my poor cat. I hope you have better luck with yours!

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