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08/03/2011

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A Facebook User

I have a similar issue in Riverside County, California. One of our Siberian Huskies went over a 6' concrete block wall after a cat that liked to sunbathe on our fence.

1 hearing later, we have a "Dangerous Dog" however we were able to get them to waive the requirement that she be required to wear a muzzle at all times when off of our property.

Deni

As the owner of 13 Samoyeds, one Malamute, 2 Llamas and 6 chickens, I know about prey drive. Some Sammies are fine with chickens and will herd them back into their house at night. We're in a rural area, on 10 acres. The Llamas keep the coyotes off the property. I guess they have prey drive too. Hopefully Luna will get with Siberian Rescue and find an appropriate home.

Rosebud

Common sense has left the building. Luna was at large. Why has the owner not been fined? And why has he not been required to pay restitution to the owner of the chickens? That, at the very least, "might" have prompted the owner to do something more "responsible". He should be paying a fine for a dog at large, and should be paying the costs of the chickens lost to the owner at the VERY least. Regardless, it's the owner that should be punished in this situation, and NOT the dog. DUH!!!!

National Animal Interest Alliance

A Facebook User: Glad they finally came to their senses with your dog. The idea that a dog chasing a cat makes it classifiable as "dangerous" would be laughable, if not for the harm and heartbreak it can cause dogs and their owners.

Deni: Dogs, llamas, and chickens? Your place sounds like a lot of fun. Can we visit?

Rosebud: Not all the details are in. He may have been fined, he may have simply received warnings. We'll learn more as the day goes on and keep you posted.

Lois B

Hmmmm, Luna appears confined in the picture, and is most certainly not "going berserk" as her owner stated she would. What was the real reason you didn't want to reinforce your fence? Hoping she gets a rescue and he never gets another dog.

Don Moradian

Having owned Siberians,you are being awfully harsh on the owner. Mine escaped several times and killed neighbors chickens several times. I had a very fortified fence after the first breach, but if you've never owned a Northern Breed, you have no clue what problem solving skills they have. AC came by after the second offense and had no more idea than I did as to how they were escaping. Finally, after seeing some fur on the top of a dog-earred cedar fence board, I realized they were climbing on the boat trailer, on to the bow of the boat, and leaping over five feet to the fence! Lighten up people!

National Animal Interest Alliance

Don: appreciate your comment, and definitely agree that some dogs (and certain breeds) possess almost supernatural problem-solving abilities when it comes to getting off-property. That said, have to respectfully disagree with you on this.

Because there's a big difference here. You put out the time and effort (and money, presumably) to fortify your fence and didn't stop until you solved the mystery. That is the responsible thing to do, and something we have a great deal of respect for -- because it isn't always easy. Luna's owner, on the other hand, just said his dog would "go berserk" and used that as an excuse not to solve the problem.

Nobody is perfect. Even the most responsible dog owner makes mistakes. And we do not believe in punishing or castigating people who are trying to improve as owners and do the right thing. However, in this case, it really looks as if the owner was making excuses in order to take the easy way out.

If more information becomes available, and we learn that this is not the case, we'll definitely change our position on that, of course.

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