About loose dogs.....
Is this how it's always been here? I am SHOCKED that owners let their dogs our to do whatever they want. On Friday I was heading into TuTu and saw a tan dog well groomed with a collar on get hit. The person who hit it pulled over and I also stopped and pulled over but some a-hole white guy in bright blue jeep kept screaming and honking at me because I was blocking traffic. I ALMOST went up to his window and laid into him. Anyway, I also see lost dogs on here all the time and hear of it regularly. Why in the hell are people letting their dogs out to roam? Or why aren't they doing something to prevent this? Bigger fence? Keep them inside? Crate? We have a rogue stray that the neighbors feed which roams, luckily she doesn't leave the driveway and is super sweet and actually really smart. She also manages to keep the chickens away. Down our hill there's a little white dog that barks ALL DAY and is not on a leash but likes to dart in and out of traffic. On more than one occasion I've had to swerve into the other lane (which is on a curve) to avoid this dog who like running AT the car. I also see dogs outside with no leashes almost daily when I drive around.
PLEASE keep your dogs under control for their own safety! Poor things.
We've got a problem with loose dogs in the neighbourhood. One or two have been coming onto our property at night. Busted solar lights, chewed up cushions, barking and causing disruption. I don't want to hurt them but unsure of what to do. Our animals are always controlled at night.
Anyone know where I can score a cheap paintball gun?
I keep my dogs on property at all times. I went to the expense of fencing in 1/4 acre of the 1 acre property so they are always either in the house, on the decks or on property. I did this to keep them safe from harm whether it was from other animals, cars or people and to prevent roaming as well as to keep other dogs off of my property. Their leashes always go on before we leave the house for any reason. They are never allowed outside without a leash.
It's the only way to be sure. I have seen too many animals dead on the road and abused because they were not kept home and safe.
The flip side of this, of course, is those people that keep their animals chained in the yard with little protection from the elements and no space to enjoy. It's a dilemma, to be sure.
On STX it is very sad how many people do NOT take care of their dogs......running loose or tied up in the sun all day and night.
My neighbors had two large dogs and a small dog. The big ones were tied out all day and night, and the small one in a crate.
They barked ALL the time. Especially at night.
I guess someone in the neighborhood couldn't stand the barking any more, and poisoned one of the big dogs. Very sad, but a way of life here, I guess.
I don't know why people get dogs and DO NOT take care of them!! I understand a lot of people get them for protection, but really.....can they at least take care of them?? It is a very sad situation.......
I adopted a small dog a few months ago that was found running down a road being chased by big dogs. She was not in very good condition from living in the bush for who knows how long.
She has turned out to be the sweetest dog, and I think now she is just very thankful that she is loved and has a good home!! I am very blessed to have her!!
Unfortunately too many dog stories do not turn out like mine.
As AandA2VI stated........way too many dogs are running the roads, hit by cars, neglected, and abused.......
I know the shelters on STX and STT are trying their hardest to help this horrible situation.
Would love to tie a few of these dog owners outside on a short chain for a few days and nights and see how they like it!!
Oh that is so sad about the dog getting hit! I don't understand it either. I would like to enjoy walking around my neighborhood but cannot even get to the end of my driveway on foot because of the loose pitbulls in the lot across the street and the neighborhood dogs roaming and barking. They have charged me in the past; luckily their owner is nearby. I am fearful of letting my daughter play outside in the yard in case those dogs decide to stop listening to their owner.
Most people, when they walk for exercise, carry some kind of a thick stick or cane.
It's not a good situation but I can tell you that it is a WAY better scene than it was in years past. The change is drastic. It was never as bad as it is in, for instance, the Dominican Republic, where starving, mangey and crippled dogs are a common sight but it was nontheless so much worse than it is now.
robbySTX - why did someone not report the condition of the dogs to the Humane Society?
would have loved to report the dog situation to the Humane Society, but........
one of those sticky situations with who the owners are.......
Report it anonymously or have a friend do so.
This is the reason we have the animals abuse here that we do because people are afraid to speak out and do something.
why not call crime stoppers?
Believe it or not, there is a leash law in St. Croix, according to cops. It is obviously not enforced. It is a daily sight to see animals, mostly dogs, dead on the side of the road, just yesterday on Centerline two small dogs, intestines all over the road. What is more remarkable is how long these dead things just sit on the side of the road, decaying, and people's indifference. A Siamese cat is still rotting on the side of the road near Barren Spot on Centerline more than three days now. There was a dead horse on the side of the highway about a week ago. I hear horrible, horrible, multiple dogs howling miserably frequently near our house. People do nothing. I figure the animals are being tortured and abused back there in the bush. Animal Control or cops do nothing despite repeated calls to investigate. My neighbor's dog was mauled to death by wild bush dogs a few months ago. Animal Control finally came out and said they'd set a trap, however, there is such a large wild dog problem on the island and no funds to do anything about it. It is deplorable, and a reflection of the powerlessness the people carry around within them, as well as the projection of their own shadow and neglect of themselves.
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I'm pretty sure that the people causing the problems aren't on this forum and won't likely read any of this. It's sad. However, while you are all on the subject of stray dogs, my mother-in-law found three tiny puppies tied up in a black trash bag and left to suffocate to death in the Frederiksted dumpsters a few weeks ago. They were way to small for solid foods, so we bottle fed them because the animal control said they would just euthanize them and my kids were in tears at the thought of that. Anyway, they are now about 8 weeks old and doing great! But now it is time to find them some homes. If anyone here can help us with that it would be great! I'm hesitant to just give them to strangers who might abuse them or fail to spay them. The animal control is so loaded that I'm worried they will just get put down. These are really nice pups who have been shown a lot of love and wouldn't understand being locked in a tiny cage. If we were in the states I'd have had them homes within 24 hours, but just don't know enough people in the dog world here. I'd love some suggestions!
Put pics up in all the vet offices? I know our local shelter is maxed out here in STT and sure STX has same problem so that may be your best bet in trying to locate new homes.
Thank you for rescuing those puppies from a terrible death and I wish you all the best finding good homes for them.
What type breed might they be? Can you tell? Can you post link to pics here?
They seem to be a small terrier type mix. I know the Black and Tan one looks to be part Rottweiler, but she is way to small for that. Lets see if I can figure out how to attach photos.....
Hmmm....looks like I'm trying to attach them the wrong way...I'm using photo bucket. Do you know how to add links to photos from there?
Too sweet looking!
Whomever threw them away to be suffocated and die a slow horrible death should be shot.
LiquidFloride, I would start a new post about these pups with your PICS.
Thanks for saving these puppies.