Irving, TX asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana

Q: New neighbors recently moved in and acquired two pitbull puppies. Their entire property (right up to the property line)

Is fenced in with an approx 4’ fence that has multiple holes and imperfections. The dogs are frequently left outside unaccompanied for long hours/full days regardless of weather (storms/heat/etc). I have to bring my small breed dog right past their fence to go into my yard to do his business. The dogs antagonize mine through the fence and recently one of them pushed itself halfway under the fence and onto my property trying to get my dog. The pitbull puppies frequently wrestle and fight one another. The neighbors have been unfriendly in general to us so far and when I politely asked if they planned to get a taller fence (in line with the pitbull ordinance for my area calling for a 6’ tall covered enclosure that’s 4’ from the property line and 20’ from neighboring houses) I received blank stares and rude comments. What can I do? I’m worried for mine and my dog’s safety. I can’t even knock on their door as I’d be trespassing into their gate, but they’re rarely outside with the dogs.

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Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Covington, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Call the Sheriff's Office and Animal Control because their Pitts will kill your dog eventually. Video the holes in the fence. Put the video on a flash drive.

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