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chdavis_1665

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I'm new here and need some advise on something.
I have rented a house on 2 acres, large fence around the house. I rented to a young couple with a baby, they had 2 small dogs. The husband has a good job.  I put in the lease that if they had a dog over 25 lb's they had to have their homeowners insurance cover it.  They ended up getting a larger dog that is very aggressive, actually dug under the fence to our area.  We couldn't leave our building until the renter came to get the dog.  We have the studio and garage that goes with the house that we use during the day. A high fence separates the two buildings. We were understanding about it, the dog is a dog and thinks she's protecting her people. But I did text the renters and told the husband that if the dog got out or under our area again, she'd have to go. It is in the lease that it is his duty to keep the dog in the yard.  If it digs under, it's his job to fix it.  

Then today my husband and I had to go through their yard to cut back blackberries at the septic pump.  We gave them 24 hours and a time to bring the dogs in. Anyway, I noticed a little chicken coop in the yard and looked in.  There was one teen hen and two dried up dead chickens! No water, no food.  I was beside myself.  I texted the renter - "There are is no water or food for the chicken and there are 2 dead chickens - what the hell." He comes out and tells me something got them. They had been in there decomposing while his wife was a few feet away, sitting outside by her kids kiddy pool. I seriously doubt something got them. 

They had no shade, and he just watered them once at night. The one survivor was very dehydrated, it's over 100 degrees here. He said his wife is 11 weeks pregnant and couldn't take care of them when he's working.  She didn't want to breath in the dust. Couldn't even feed and water them?  Chicken lovers need not worry, I actually bought the last hen and she is in a kennel next to my mothers bed.  My mom isn't doing very well, but was thrilled to have a little hen to take care of.  My moms had chickens all her life, and more than one ended in the house when sick or wounded. The hen will join our chickens when a little older. My husband has named her l'refugee. 

I was so pissed that I told him if I ever saw this kind of neglect with an animal again, they would be evicted.  They are on a month to month lease.  My problem is it's in the lease that they can have chickens as long as they build a safe place for them.  I even offered to help take care of them if they went out of town.  But now I don't want them having anything of the sort.  I don't really have a problem raising animals for meat, but letting them suffer the way these guys did is awful.
  
I just need to know how others would handle this.  I'm not even sure I had the right to say I'd evict them, if it's stated in the lease that they can have chickens, can I take that back?  Many will think, it's just a chicken. They want to build another bigger chicken coop. Like they were so successful the first time. 

I'm already not happy with the dog, but the chicken was just bizarre, and now I'm worried about the inside of the house. 

I'm so pissed today that I think I'd evict them if they didn't have a 2 year old and a baby on the way. Their parents are very involved, that's the only reason I rented to them.  And they can pay the rent. 1100 a month, 2.5 bedrooms, enough land that their parents can bring their RV's and stay in them. Air conditioning and gas heat. They do not have to pay for electricity, water or sewer.  Allowed to have pets. Not an awful deal.  

Wow, this got long...sorry.
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Don't you have Animal Control, Animal Welfare/Services, a Humane Society?  Someone you can call to check on the welfare of abused and neglected animals.  A local animal rights group maybe?   I had the same problem with a neighbor.  First were 3 dogs kept in a kennel right up against our fence.  The poor things stood in 6 inches of muddy water for days until I could get the dog warden to show up.  Now the dogs are gone, but there's been chickens & ducks in the kennel.  No food or clean water.  Not a tenant so I can't evict them.  I've been tossing in food & pouring water into their pan over the fence.  I called several places, but was told they didn't cover farm animals.  I made a call to the local farm bureau.  I don't know if that was what worked, or someone else I had called, but suddenly, there are only 2 ducks left. 
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Don't you have Animal Control, Animal Welfare/Services, a Humane Society?  Someone you can call to check on the welfare of abused and neglected animals.  A local animal rights group maybe?   I had the same problem with a neighbor.  First were 3 dogs kept in a kennel right up against our fence.  The poor things stood in 6 inches of muddy water for days until I could get the dog warden to show up.  Now the dogs are gone, but there's been chickens & ducks in the kennel.  No food or clean water.  Not a tenant so I can't evict them.  I've been tossing in food & pouring water into their pan over the fence.  I called several places, but was told they didn't cover farm animals.  I made a call to the local farm bureau.  I don't know if that was what worked, or someone else I had called, but suddenly, there are only 2 ducks left. 


Crazy huh? Maybe they think ducks can just feed themselves with mud?  Even if they are raising them to eat, there's no reason to make them suffer while they are alive. 

What I am trying to figure out is what power do I have over this? The dog is a problem, the husband said he got it for protection for his wife, and that she is wonderful with their child and an angel at the park. We met the dog and she growled and barked at us.  Maybe she wanted more.  Since all I asked them to do is get renters insurance, I don't know if I can make them get rid of the dog, because I am uncomfortable with her.  I'm used to large breeds, Great Pyrs, Great Danes, and others, so I'm not nervous around dogs.  We live on a gravel street and going for a walk at least 6 large dogs come out and greet me along the way, no problem. 

Aren't I responsible if she bites someone? Am I able to decide what is a viscous dog? I don't think I will ever rent to someone again without meeting the dog and I will have to approve of any that someone might get.  

I don't quite understand this American obsession with dogs.  People want them even when they work long hours and can't properly take care of them. We have a renter in the upstairs of our house, and I made it very clear no dogs in the house, he gets a girl friend and she wants a puppy. They don't make that much money and work odd hours.  My husband and I would end up taking care of it, because we can't stand to see something neglected. Loving something doesn't mean you have to own it, or I'd have a vulture and a giraffe. 
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