Neighbors won't clean up dog poop in my yard!!!!

United States
July 2, 2009 2:39pm CST
I have had an ongoing battle with neighbors and their lack of ability to clean up their dog poop in my yard. We also have a dog and have been cleaning up after our dog right away because he does use the neighbors yard. The problem stems from me having to clean up after them when I have two small children. We have had confrontations and they know I don't care if their dog uses my yard, just clean up after it. It's really not that hard is it? Just today, their dog used my yard and I put their little shovel they use to clean up right in the middle of the droppings in the hope that they would clean it up. Instead they just picked up their shovel and left the poop. Would this irritate anyone? One more thing, they are very big christians. I am also a christian, but can not for the lift of me understand why they are being so ignorant about this. They are also being a little hipocritical because if I would not clean up after my dog and I confronted them, they would just use this as armor against me. That is the nice christian thing to do isn't it? Is there anything I can do to get this to stop?
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@tdemex (3551)
• United States
2 Jul 09
Unless there's an ordinance or law regarding this in the books some where your screwed. Build a fence! Pick it up and throw it on their property! What does being a so called Christian have to do with anything, most are hypocrites, and use the term like it makes them better than other people. I'm a 61 yr. old male and throughout my life I've never told anyone I was a Christian, I'm always very Leary of people who profess to being a Christian! I worked for a Christian Company and they were the worst people I've met in my entire life! tdemex
• United States
2 Jul 09
You are right, most are hypocrites. I never said that I was better than anybody else. I am not. My point is, christian or not, if my neighbors knew I wanted them to clean up after their dog, a decent person would respect me. I would certainly do the same for them. And I have been.
@roberten (3134)
• United States
2 Jul 09
foursox, you should not allow your dogs to EVER go in someone else's yard; as you have experienced, it will only serve to cause more problems. If at all possible, you need to install a fence or a large dog run/kennel for your dog's use. If there is a place where you can walk your dog in or near your home, do so on a regular basis. Dogs really perfer not to go where they live but will do so more often if other dogs go inside their territory. You can't very well complain to your neighbor about their dog going in your yard if yours in doing the same in theirs (even if you are cleaning it up, it still not nice). Record their dog doing its business in your yard if you can, and go over and apologize for letting you dog having used their yard in the past, and pledge to prevent it in the future. TELL them to not allow their dogs to go in your yard, show them the recording if they deny it is happening. If they play the fellow christian card, do not acknowledge or engage them in debate or comment; keep it strickly professionally firm. If they do not comply, you remove there dogs business from your yard and return it to them. You may want to have recorded documentation that this is from their dog so as not to be accused of melicious harrassment. I would also contact local authorities and get their opinion of how to handle the situation. But I highly recommend you install a fence that is capable of keeping their dogs out and yours in if your city/county ordinance will allow. Fences DO make good neighbors. Do whatever you can to resolve the situation without major conflict, as it can develop into a situation between adults rather than just between your animals. Continue to be respectful of your neighbors, regardless of the outcome. Remember the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"; and never be "a pot calling the kettle black". If you are unable to resolve among yourselves, file a formal complaint with your local authorities. Make sure you keep a detailed diary of the entire situation and records to prove your allegations. Most importantly, do not let your dog do the same to your neighbors, even if you are cleaning it up; that is just not right. Good luck to you, I hope all goes well.
• United States
2 Jul 09
I know that I shouldn't allow my dog to go onto other peoples property. Before kids arrived, me and my neighbors used to let our dogs use everybody's yard. Things of course have changed with kids and all. A fence is not possible where we live because we live in townhouses and putting up a fence would prevent other people from getting back to their yards. Besides, I get along with all of our other neighbors. You are very right about the Golden Rule. When I get irritated I would love to just let my dog out and not care, but then I would be no better than them and I don't think they should have to clean up after my dog. They are busy people also.
• United States
22 Jun 11
i have a rotty and i clean up his poop in the yard and take bags on are walks.but if some one did that to me i would bag it up and charge them for poop clean up and removel.video tape it andcharge them 4 yard repare.ive seen it done.u r eather a naoighber or your not,i love my dog and and being a christen has nothing to do with being a good pet owner .
@jayrene (2716)
• Philippines
2 Jul 09
wow, some neighbor you have there and 'christians' at that... shame on them you could report them to your local authorities. if that will happen to me, id sure have a fit. if they try to use it against you, throw the same thing back to them again.
@nery00 (122)
• United States
2 Jul 09
you can call any animal control center in you area and make an official complaint. When you see the dog going take a picture be prepared if they try to deny it so they wont say its your dog.
@doormouse (4619)
2 Jul 09
I'd call the Health and Safety department or whatever you have in the usa,coz that is a health hazzard,especially with young kids around