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Using my slingshot on the local dogs is a wonderful stress reliever.

Animal cruelty aside, here's my argument for it:
- If I wanted a dog, I'd get one.
- If I had a dog, I'd keep it in my own yard unless it was being walked on a leash -- it's the neighborly thing to do and is required by law in many places.
- If I could afford to fence in my yard (and the landlord would allow it), I would.
- I have a two-year-old that I'd rather not have accidentally mauled by someone else's dog. Hardly any of the neighbors keep their dogs in their own yard, and one in particular seems to enjoy knocking small children down and "gnawing" on them.
- Dog feces is bad in compost piles (which, unlike the garbage-burning neighbors, I have).
- I'm tired of going outside at least once a day to shoo other people's dogs out of my yard... and talking to the neighbors hasn't made a difference.

So there you go. Agree or not, I'm a decent shot and if the neighbors can't or won't be responsible for keeping their dogs out of my yard, I'll do it for them.


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Nov. 26th, 2002 02:57 pm (UTC)
you're not maiming the dogs. they'll recover... and maybe even learn to stay out of your yard. i say go for it. :)
Nov. 26th, 2002 03:25 pm (UTC)
To me, you are defending the safety of your children. Where I grew up, in an agricultural area, if someone's dog got out and was wandering around our sheep, we could shoot to kill.

If the laws protect lifestock, like that, then why wouldn't the laws protect children like that? A slingshot is humane vs. a gun of some kind. Though I suppose Goliath would beg to have his day in court as we debate this. haha But you yourself need to keep your distance from the unpredictable animal, therefore a slingshot is a wise choice.

Also, as long as you are aiming for the rump and not say the eyes or face. I suppose it is obvious that you are trying to discourage the animal from coming to your home, instead of just being "out to harm the 'helpless' creature."

~happy shootin'!
Nov. 26th, 2002 03:26 pm (UTC)
chants "do it do it do it do it do it!"
while my dogs have escaped a time or two on their own, I certainly do NOT allow them out on their own. That really annoys me when I find poo in my front yard cause somebodies cat or mutt has taken over the neighborhood. My back yard is fenced and they have tags, so if one does 'escape' they are usually found with in a matter of minutes and I get a call. there are laws for a reason. hit 'em where it hurts I say.
Nov. 26th, 2002 05:20 pm (UTC)
I'm all for it. Depending on your aim, you could also help neighbors by offering free neutering.
Nov. 26th, 2002 07:42 pm (UTC)
I love dogs, I love MY dog, but it drives me APESHIT to see people letting their dogs wander loose. Aren't they concerned about car accidents? Christ.

Try paintballing the mongrels.
Dec. 2nd, 2002 05:39 pm (UTC)
The dogs stay in the neighborhood (a little Y of three dirt roads, one connecting to the main road), so I guess that protects them from most cars -- between the low traffic volume (maybe two dozen homes at most) and the lower speed, they don't even move from the middle of the road until we're about eight feet short of them. It still freaks me out a bit...

Heh, if I only still had my marker... *cackles* I used to go paintballing twice a week pre-spawning. My coworkers ruled. (:
Nov. 26th, 2002 09:41 pm (UTC)
Is there a law in the area? You should call animal control every time you see them out.
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