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Animal Encounters or the Romantic Kind - Who Was In the Wrong?

A little while ago a neighbour was complaining that several days in a row, a certain male dog was breaking loose from its owner and camping out on her porch step. It turns out that she has an intact female in her house, and her dog was in heat. Keeping this male off her property would mean putting up additional barriers, as he was getting over her existing fence. She feels the owners of the male dog ought to either get him neutered or do a better job of restraining him. But when she was asked why her female hadn't been spayed, she had no answer to give. Should all pet owners be expected to spay or neuter their pets unless they are used for breeding? Should my neighbour just have her bitch spayed, to avoid the whole problem? | | | |

Since the bitch in heat will likely attract many other males, her owner should have her spayed. Telling the owner of the male dog to neuter him will not prevent other incidents with different dogs.

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The owner of the troublesome male should have him neutered and do a better job of controlling him. This dog is the cause of the problem, and his owners need to take responsibility for him.

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Both dog owners should have their animals spayed or neutered. This is just something responsible dog owners do.

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The woman should call the pound and have the wandering male picked up. Maybe the fines will encourage his owners to take better care of him.

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The woman should build a better fence, to keep out troublesome animals. This way she can leave her female intact, and not worry about unwelcome visits from naughty boy dogs....

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LeaPea2417 wrote on July 21, 2015, 2:03 PM

Yes, I think all of them should be spayed and neutered because like you say, too many of them are living in shelters.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 21, 2015, 2:24 PM

I agree. Unless you've got a pedigreed dog that you're breeding, there is no good reason not to spay or neuter. This one woman tried to say that spaying a dog can cause health problems, but that would surprise me. I know that with cats, if you don't spay them and they aren't bred, their eggs can become calcified and cause health problems. It's actually healthier for them to be spayed emoticon :smile:

MegL wrote on July 21, 2015, 2:38 PM

Unless she intends to breed the dog she should have her spayed. Better to neuter the male dog too.

Feisty56 wrote on July 21, 2015, 3:05 PM

Even though I would want my own animals spayed or neutered -- and have had in the past when I owned pets -- I tend to shy away from the "shoulds" I place on other people. I think the woman in this situation bears the burden of keeping her intact female "safe" while the dog is in heat. I also think the person who owns the male dog has a responsibility to keep the dog in his own yard. The solution that would make the situation more tenable for the humans and the animals would be spay/neuter, but absent of that, each is responsible for his/her pet.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 21, 2015, 11:36 PM

The owner of the male for safety of his pet needs to find a better way to keep it contained. But the owner of the female also needs to improve her set up if the male is able to get in. I have had unspayed females for many years and between my watchfulness and telling the neighbors that they need to control their animals also I have not had any ooopsies except once. And once puppy support was brought up that male disappeared from sight. my female was contained on my property when it happened so I did have that right.

CoralLevang wrote on July 22, 2015, 2:38 AM

Personally, I agree that we need to spay and neuter our animals unless they are used for a breeding business. However, to mandate that all dogs and cats should be, doesn't set well with me.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 22, 2015, 10:47 PM

That's what I would have thought! I was really surprised this woman claimed that a bitch would suffer ill health if spayed, because with cats it's the opposite. Plus with the males it prevents wandering, fighting, etc. So they're safer too.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 22, 2015, 10:53 PM

Living in shelters is, unfortunately for most, not a long-term thing. Most shelters destroy animals that they can't adopt quickly. I know some shelters euthanize the majority of the animals brought in. I remember reading a statistic like 80% for this one shelter...

Ruby3881 wrote on July 22, 2015, 11:23 PM

So if they both refused to spay/neuter, would you have any suggestions for problem solving? (BTW, I very much agree that the "shoulds" are to avoided! It's a hypothetical, so I'd never impose my opinion on anyone else. Just curious what others think. To me this is more of a "what could they do?" or "what if it were you?" kind of exercise.)

Ruby3881 wrote on July 22, 2015, 11:28 PM

Puppy support? Awesome! What is that legally speaking, costs for the vet bills and care/feeding of the pups until you could adopt them out?

It's amazing how some people seem quite capable of controlling their animals if they might have to pay for an oops, but they never bother to do anything about it beforehand...

Ruby3881 wrote on July 22, 2015, 11:35 PM

No, I wouldn't mandate spaying or neutering. It's just a question of responsible pet ownership.

CoralLevang wrote on July 23, 2015, 12:40 AM

In this case, I think that she is just as irresponsible as he, if not more.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 23, 2015, 9:56 AM

Yes in Ohio you can get the males owner to pay half, of course they can demand dna testing but that is not too high anymore. It was interesting to see how fast he stopped roaming the neighborhood