Nervous About My Pit Bull Neighbor
Nervous About My Pit Bull Neighbor!
Is it safe to have a pit bull neighbor?
My neighbor had a cute little dog and they were not able to control it. He ran out into the street and was hit by a car.
A few weeks later they came home with a pit bull puppy.
I am now worried that this dog will be a menace to all the little kids in the neighborhood (as well as to me!)
It has already escaped and run around in my yard with the owner chasing it. I did not react very well to the situation and now the owner is no longer speaking to me.
I think your concern is well founded. Not that it's a problem to have a pit bull neighbor, but your neighbor doesn't seem to realize the importance of teaching a dog to come when called and keeping the dog confined to his or her property when not on a leash.
Should you be afraid of the dog because it's a pit bull? No. But, it's a good idea to exercise the same caution you would around any dog that you don't know very well.
Unless they have the misfortune to be owned by someone who wants a mean dog, pit bulls are typically people-friendly. They may, however, have a tendency to behave aggressively towards other dogs and domestic animals. So, if you have a pet and your neighbor allows his pit bull to roam, you will want to be extra vigilant to keep your pet out of harm's way.
Practically all communities have leash laws and statutes that prohibit allowing dogs to run at-large. Roaming dogs of any breed can be both a health and a safety hazard. So, if your neighbor refuses to be responsible, don't hesitate to report him. In most cases, you can do so anonymously.
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