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12-13-2008 05:59 PM
no limit If I suspected a neighbor shot my dog I would think he had some very serious issues. I would keep my self, family, and dog as far from his property as I could and get over it. this guy could be extremely dangerous.

If you retaliate in some way you may be arrested or possibly meet a worse fate.

Turn on the nightly news or go online, nuckleheads like your neighbor are making headlines around the world.

Dlad your dog will be ok
12-13-2008 12:52 PM
Maui Jim Or......... you could stop wasting any time and money on revenge and buy an invisible fence system for your property. Sounds like that dog needs one. They really work quite well and you won't have this problem again.
12-13-2008 12:11 PM
eyedogger Revenge is a very tricky endeavor. Not very christian either. The art of revenge takes careful planning and patience. As others have said you dont want to engage in criminal behavior that may bring problems back to you.
Here are some of my favorites.

You know the little boxes at reatail establishments that offer vacation giveaways, sign your nieghbor up, only effective if you have his phone #. They sell his number to telemarketers and they will call him relentlessly.

If he has a son or daughter, fill out an interest form for them with all branches of the armed services, they too are relentless.

Call the local chapter of the Jehovas Winesses and act as him and tell them you are ready for a change in your life and arrange a visit from them. If he has a wife its even better if you have a woman call as her. My personal favorite

This one cost money,, Wait till a warm day when he is at work and have a couple of tons of chicken manure delivered to his house with instructions to drop it in the middle of the driveway. ,, prepaid by someone other than you.

This was mentioned and is the meanest, if he is a drinker and frequents a local drinking establishment, you can lie and wait for him and call in DUI driver to local authorities.. some even pay rewards for such good samaritan activities,, might help cover some of your vet bill.
12-13-2008 05:21 AM
Bill P Revenge & retailiation while delightful to muse over will only serve to get you a criminal record that will put you down on par with the likes of the scumbag who shot your dog. That being said if you are sure as it seems you are from the tracking you did, of where she was shot, he should at least pay your vet bills. The encounter should be to politely inform him of what it costs to treat a wounded pet and since he is responsible what is going to do about it ? If he does not accept responsibility then LT's advise is only appropriate. No need to get court time & fees and legal judgements added if not neccessary, but his response will tell you if it is.

The law is pretty cold on this but it pretty much states that the dog is purely your property, and that if that property is destroyed or damaged the one who did it bears the burden of making it right (ala restitution). Pretty much the same as if it was your car. The cop was wrong if he did not at least make an official complaint report which you can get a copy of to support your claim.

Again glad your dog will recover.
12-12-2008 10:58 PM
Yak Man I think Lt has the winning answer here.
12-12-2008 09:42 PM
Lt
Response

Well first of all I understand the emotional side of this issue. I am a dog lover who certainly could never condone the actions of a knucklehead like this guy is. You did the right thing by speaking to the landowner about the situation. And you will certainly do the right thing by not getting physical with the guy who shot the dog (although he deserves it). I'm quite familiar with the law and have never heard of what you were told, about the sheriff not being able to do anyhting. I would place a call to the State Attorneys office and ask to speak to them about the issue. You may be surprised at their response.
Even if he is not charged criminally, he is liable civally. If your dog was injured, you have damages. He is responsible for the damages such as vet bills, etc. Keep your bills, file a small claims case against him. You won't need an attorney. Go to the Will County Courthouse, Circuit Clerk's office, 3rd floor, and file a motion to have him appear in court. It's quite simple to do. You'll have a date set to appear, and he will have to appear also. Send him a registered letter notifying him of the date for proof of service. Then appear in court with your documentation, and simply and politely inform the judge what occurred. Dress appropriately, judges respect that. Bring copies of any police reports as well as vet bills or any other expenses that you may have incurred. The judge wil hear both sides and make a decison, or file a judgment against him for a monetary amount commensurate with damages. At least he went through the aggravation of having a court appearance and knowing you're not just rolling over on the whole deal. If he just blows it off it wqill catch up to him at some point in time when a judgement shows up on his name if someone ever runs a credit check on him.
12-12-2008 12:28 PM
basscaster I wish you dog a speedy recovery. I live in a area with no fences, and we got some new neighbors (Billys) who let their dog run around the neighborhood for 20 minutes at a time. I hope You & your daughter takes a little more responsibilty for your dog. Shooting your dog with a gun is inexcusable, a double pump bb shot in his butt would have sent the dog on his way to another house to leave his mess.
12-12-2008 10:00 AM
Nikster Many different opinions, coulda, shoulda, woulda?

Just be gratefull that your Family member is gonna be O.K..

IMO., a talk with who-ever it is that YOU suspect, should be a priority.
Find out his side. Maybe there is more to the story? Just sorta feel him out? By taking a rash spur of the moment action, can lead to a situation that one might regret in the future?
It's easy to burn him down, blow him up, & shoot his dogs up, or knock the 2 teeth he has left, blah, blah.

Being a dog lover myself, keep this thread updated as to what happens?

Thanks.
12-12-2008 08:52 AM
FishArt Fortunately, your pooch is okay. As a dog lover, i could never do this to any dog unless it truly was threatening. BUT, I could see IF you allow your dog to roam free how and why it could happen. You're taking a chance obviously. There's been several times I've been out bow hunting and my hunt has been ruined by wandering pooches. It's irresponsible to allow a dog to roam free regardless if you live in the city or country. Most normal people of course would locate the owner and express their displeasure, not shoot the dog. I agree, this guy is a possible nut job and I would simply keep my dog on my property and move on...
12-12-2008 08:06 AM
Captain Jim I just can't understand how anyone who works with or takes care of dogs, or who has owned a dog, could ever do something like this. As stated, this F'er has something wrong with him, so be careful in dealing with him.

I would however, have gone over there and at least asked him why he had to do that rather than just let you know he was bothered by your dog? I would have made it clear to him I knew he did it if you were sure.

If he's a big drinker as I gather, I would definately call on him and hope he gets a DUI, the low life bottom feeder!

You did the right thing talking to the landlord!
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