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    Default Neighbour's dogs getting in our yard - who is at fault?

    Hello everyone!

    The house diagonally behind us (so we do not share a fence line) has 2 dogs. Call this house A. The wife has recently gone back to work after maternity leave so the dogs are pretty bored.

    Just this week they have been getting in to house B's yard (next to us) and then they proceed under the fence to our house. (Neither House B or I have dogs so we don't have dog proof fences). I have found dog poop in our yard and dog bones with meat still on them.

    I have a 2 year old who loves to play in our backyard and I would prefer not to have to look out for the dogs when playing in our own backyard and also not dodge dog poop and bones. I am also concerned the dogs will get out the front of my place and get hit by a car.

    I approached House B about it (directly next to us) as we know them quite well and thought they should know before I go to the owners. House B knows as the retaining wall at the back of their place (connecting to House A) is falling apart and they don't have the money to fix. So the dogs are climbing the crumbling wall to get out.

    House B is worried it is their fault and they are going to have to borrow money to fix the wall. I think House A should do something as it is their dogs. I am going to approach them (nicely of course) tonight.

    What do other people think?

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    Legally I would say House A & B are equally responsible for the fence and should go halves. Morally I think House A should pay the majority or at least patch it up since they have the dogs.

    It never astounds me how self entitled pet owners are sometimes.

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    I would say house A are totally responsible as its their animals that arent appropriately confined.

    I would say though that they may not know this is happening? As surely if they did they'd be terrified at the idea of their dogs getting out

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    I'd say it's house As responsibility.
    If it were my dogs Id be worried and Id definitely pay to fix it. You have to have a secure yard - that's a responsible pet owner.

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    One of my dogs was escaping my yard last year and it was up to me to repair the fence to ensure they stayed in my yard. My dogs, my responsibility and I would never expect my neighbours to repair fences for the sake of my pets.

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    Agree with others, if it were my dogs I would fix the fence myself as otherwise it would not need doing. Hopefully they are decent people, I can imagine some people would whinge and moan and try to get the other person to pay.

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    House A dogs are damaging the fence it there total responsibility to fix and damage done to house b and your property.

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    It depends on if the fence is falling apart through lack of maintenance or because of the dogs. They are both responsible for maintaining the fence to the standard set out by the council and if that isn't adequate to contain the dogs then the dog owner needs to pay the difference to keep it to a standard to keep the dogs in.

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    I think dog owner is responsible for keeping dog in

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    Combination of A & B. The wall is the responsibility of both.
    Whilst it may be A's dogs which are escaping, and I'd imagine they should WANT their pets contained, it is up to both to keep the wall in decent order. If it needs fixing in order to do its job, then it shouldn't be only A who have to pay.


 

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