Dog Roaming Street - Contact Neighbours or Council?

Hi OzBargain,

There is a dog that roams my street with no collar or tags. I've noticed the dog has started to come into my driveway and piss on my plants/ car wheel. Is it best to drop a letter into all my neighbours mailboxes or to contact the council. Given I have just moved to the street it will be clear who sent the letter and I would feel better not being known as neighbours have already said I'm playing the radio too loud during the day…

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  • +2 votes

    RSPCA

  • +11 votes

    Council. Less hassle and the owner will not know who called the council rangers.

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      In my area the council won't respond to any loose dog on the streets unless it's restrained by the public first. They consider catching dogs too dangerous!

      • +5 votes

        If the council do not want to do anything then say it growls when you get near it and there is a possibility it may hurt someone, then they will do somethng.

      • +5 votes

        Hahaha… My council is the same… "Too dangerous for us to catch" but not to dangerous that I need to go restraining it.

        If they start that shit with me, I either tell them "it's tied up in the car port for pick up" and then "oh no! It was there when I called, it must have got off… There it is over there!"

        Or I tell them that it's trying to bite people and kids out walking. Councils don't want people getting bitten on council land. Just say to them "Ok, I'll need your name as a reference to let the lady, who is about to be bitten by this dog, know that she needs to restrain it before you will do anything about it…"

  • -1 vote

    Surely you can observe where it came from and then ask the neighbors if they know their dog is loose? At least give them a chance.

    What sort of dog? Is it friendly?

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      I'm back off the street so I can't see what house it's coming from

  • +6 votes

    Take it to the vet and see if its microchipped

  • +1 vote

    Attach a collar and tag to the dog with a message to the owner :)

    Dogs are not supposed to be off leash and without a tag on the streets, in Melbourne. You can certainly contact the council if you can't find the owner. I don't allow my dog to pee where there is no (public space with) grass, and I wouldn't like to see my car wheels with piss, but many people don't educate their dogs and don't care at all.

    How did they send the message to you about your loud radio? Couldn't you use the same method?

    • +3 votes

      Dogs are not supposed to be off leash and without a tag on the streets, in Melbourne.

      Not in stage 4 lockdown! Mongrel better be wearing a mask at least.

    • -3 votes

      someone put a letter in my mailbox with no contact details. I threw it in the bin as they can GTFO i'm not breaking any rules

      • +6 votes

        Ok… Sometimes is not about breaking the rules, but about living in society.

        However, you might be breaking the rules.

        For your information:
        https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/for-community/environmental-infor...

        The Environment Protection Act 1970 says it’s an offence to make unreasonable noise from a residence. Any noise from a residence at any time may be unreasonable. A residential property includes:

        any land, building or outbuilding used in connection with a residence. This includes driveways, sheds and workshops
        any land where someone is building a residence.
        Noise can be unreasonable if a neighbour can hear it in a habitable room of their home. A habitable room is any room in the house except:

        kitchens
        pantries
        bathrooms
        toilets
        laundry rooms
        storage areas.

        Therefore, you can GTFO about the dog peeing on the car wheel as much as they can GTFO about your loud radio.

        Or you can all learn how to live in society and stop the loud noise and the dog's piss on wheels.

  • +1 vote

    I'm unsure after reading this post what the actual problem is (for OP).

    • +3 votes

      It appears that he doesn't like roaming dogs pissing on his car wheels, rather than, say, a dog on a leash pissing on his car wheels.

        • +2 votes

          Woof!

        • +1 vote

          who hurt you primal?

        • +2 votes

          I don't think an aggravated response is required.
          If you are worried about your plants, secure your garden / yard / driveway to prevent any animals from entering.

          • +2 votes

            @GG57:

            secure your…

            Not that easy. In my area, there is a council covenant that says I am not allowed to build a front fence of any kind. I can't even put up hedging.

            Even if I was allowed, why should I fit the bill for other people's animal coming onto my land? You're suggesting that people spend thousands of dollars because some arseholes in the neighborhood can't keep their animals contained.

            How about… "secure your dogs/cats/horses/cattle" instead?

            For the record, cats come onto my property in the dead of nights and piss all along the front of my house, killing all my grass and flowers and making it stink like cat piss. What, pray tell, would you suggest as a suitable fence and gate to keep cats out if my yard??

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              @pegaxs: Nothing will keep cats out, I'd suggest a trap to capture the cat.

              I am aware that some properties have covenants such as this; I assume you would have been aware of that prior to purchase.

              I'm not excusing the dog owner, but was trying to determine the actual impact of the dog roaming. Having a rant is fine, but (as others here have said) sometimes it is just about living in a cohesive society / neighbourhood and if there isn't any real impact, just let it ride.

              • -1 vote

                @GG57: I’m pretty sure trapping cats or any animal is illegal, unless it was conducted by the council.

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                  @User210686: In my council area, the council can provide residents with a trap (on request) to trap cats. The council then removes the animal from the property.

        • +1 vote

          Somebody needs a Snickers.

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            @DashCam AKA Rolts: To make them feel better or to upset them more because snickers don’t taste as good since moving the production line to another country?

  • +2 votes

    Ticket lodged with cousil, thanks Oz Bargainers!

    • +8 votes

      *council

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        Maybe he mistyped cousin?

  • +1 vote

    Contact local butcher for the dog and put up a sign like this for your neighbours.

    Problems solved.

    • +1 vote

      I love how some people consider all older people to be quiet retiring people that don't like young peoples' interests etc.
      I just quickly googled "loudest music era" and the responses included AC/DC, Jesus and Mary Chain, Black Sabbath, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, etc. There was some more recent music as well, but these are more likely to be in your parents / grandparents music collections than something like Bing Crosby etc.

      Maybe OP's musical tastes are just not good?

      • +1 vote

        I love how some people consider all older people to be quiet retiring people that don't like young peoples' interests etc.

        haha.. I'm sure the sign is just a play on the general assumption that older people like to enjoy some peace and quiet, with "older" probably meaning those on the more extreme end and not referring those who still enjoy going out partying. Almost like saying that knitting is an old person activity (when there are lots of younger people who enjoy it too).

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        OP is listening to the radio… Who listens to the radio at home?

        I think the solution is here: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/tag/headphones and https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/597311

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          Surely you (in Melbourne) have Neil Mitchell blasting out of your radio speaker(s) daily? I could understand if neighbours complained about that.

  • +1 vote

    buy a lion to scare it off

    next week op comes back with a lion problem…..

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    OP, wait until you find out about cats roaming streets too!

    • +1 vote

      You’ll never guess what happens next!

      • +1 vote

        Number 10 will shock you

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      There is also a fox that comes into front yard at night, but it doesn't destroy my plants

      • +1 vote

        They’ll just kill pet chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, quail, small cats, small dogs, small native fauna, and maybe bite a child if some dumbass starts feeding it and it loses it's fear of humans.
        Of course there’s always the possibility that it will decide to make a den under your house or in your roof and then drag copious amounts of dead things all over your yard and into your roof.

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      Lucky cat containment is going to be here soon

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        What do you mean by cat containment? Are you referring to your area getting a cat curfew?

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    You could ask if the neighbors know who owns the dog but obviously the owners don't care much if this happens regularly.

    Hence you need to follow the dog, maybe chase it up the street and see which property it runs into and bingo!
    There is your dog owner..
    You could then chat to the owner

    If no solution then take photos and contact council

    Most dogs will be tagged and council rangers are all equipped with tag readers

  • +1 vote

    Hi, Many time my dog has to escape the backyard, dig under the fence and escape during lighting and thunderstorm and fortunately few good people had held him and contact us since he had a tag on his collar. The same happened we have noticed few dogs have escaped and found roaming alone and we have brought them home and contacted their owner and few owners were really thankful and they became our best friend.

    From your statement, it appears that you hate dogs and hence you don't understand why dog piss on garden bed and Tyres and poles.

    I had two instances that I found a dog without a collar and I just called my council and the ranger came in 10 minutes and they took him away and drop it at their registered owner as per council record.

  • -1 vote

    If you know the neighbour, it would be polite to inform them first.
    If you don't know your neighbours, contact the Council.

    • -1 vote

      Or OP could use this as an excuse to meet their neighbours

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    Well at least dog piss smells a thousand times better than cat piss.