|05-03-2012, 10:17 PM||#21 (permalink)|
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I understand you may be concerned particularly about the dog but it sounds like it was probably an honest mistake.
Let me explain why I think calling the cops on your neighbors is rarely a good idea unless there is actual crime against person/property in progress, or someone is in imminent danger...
Calling the cops on the people who live next door to (or down the street, or around the corner from) you generally doesn't do much to promote positive relationships/community especially when it is over relatively mundane/trivial shit like "someone's cat pissed on my car" or "someone left their garage door open for more than 2 hours in violation of Subdivision Bylaw 3634 section 15b." When this happens you quickly become "that asshole who called the cops on us when our puppy escaped out the gate". And you have to live next to them for as long as you both live there.
It's a much better use of your time to try and resolve things man to man, than to call the cops to intervene in every piddly little neighborhood dispute.
You've sent them four or five emails but how many times have you talked to them personally about this? How many times have you let them know what your concerns are? How many times have you civilly told them something like, "Look, I'm not trying to cause any trouble here but I've asked you a few times and if you don't keep your pets in check you're not leaving me any other options than to call animal control"?
Now, if you've done all these things and these people are either idiots or assholes and they simply don't respect you or anyone else in the community enough to take care of their pets and follow basic rules of human decency, they've left you no choice but to call the cops.
But you're still an asshole for shooting their cat.
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|05-03-2012, 11:17 PM||#26 (permalink)|
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|05-04-2012, 12:17 AM||#27 (permalink)|
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Fuck those people.
Fuck their cats.
If their cat pissed in my Honda Civic I would go absofuckinglutely batshit off the wagon crazy. You have already pissed them off, the cat traps is a great idea. Did I say FUCK THEM? seriously.
David Z I generally like ur posts but the comments that you quoted to make him look like an asshole are out of context. That cat just went into his garage and pissed in his car. This is a deadly situation for any cat in any car not belonging to their owner.
If those people "loved" their cats they wouldn't let them play in such a hazardous (hint: make it hazardous!) place as your yard.
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|05-04-2012, 07:34 AM||#28 (permalink)|
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You can get bitter apple spray at a pet store. Cats and dogs don't like the smell. You can also get citronella oil which repels bugs as well.
You'll have to spray it around the perimeter of your yard and be generous. It won't harm your plants. Unfortunately, you'll have to respray after some time and especially after it rains.
Another option is to have citronella plants around your yard. Probably, the most effective because the scent is so strong.
Speaking of plants, look for any catnip in your yard and get rid of it asap.
|05-04-2012, 08:05 AM||#30 (permalink)|
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Probably shouldn't have shot it but it's not that doing so is not within your rights. But the real asshole here is the neighbor. They are acting inconvenienced by the fact they won't take responsibility for their own cat and are now having to pay for damages it did. THEY should have been taken the prerogative as soon as he contacted them to offer to pay for whatever the damages are. I mean, if their kid had gone into his garage and destroyed $1400 of stuff, you think they'd act any different? Yes, it was unintentional but they are still at fault. Most people who aren't total fucking dickweeds that tend to push their responsibilities off on others would feel at a sense of duty to rectify the situation their dumbasses created.
When people are too lazy to take responsibility for their own shit, that is exactly when you invoke calling the police or whatever you have to do. Especially when you've asked them before and they don't do dick about it. We don't (as a society) condone vigilantism and therefore, you are supposed to call the police. Would they rather have you just killed it?
To do otherwise and just ignore it would be being a pussy and pushover and letting them bully you through complacency and inaction.