My dog got into next dorr’s chicken coup…?

…and killed several chickens. I realised before my neighbour did and my neighbour thinks it was a fox. Should I confess because I feel bad but at the same time i can’t afford to replace 20 chickens

I guess it doesn’t matter what you can afford to do. This is a very sad situation and I believe you already know what to do, because your concious is eating away at you for it. Look at it this way, if someone had been playing baseball and accidentally broke all of you windows, you would have no choice but to replace them. How would you feel if they said, "hey I’m sorry I broke your windows, but I can’t afford to replace them so, have a great day." or how would you feel if they said " Hey, I don’t know how it happened, I feel terrible, you deserve to know the truth, but our baseball is what broke your windows, what can I do? I don’t have any money, but I can do yardwork, I can do anything that will help you. I feel horrible." You would feel upset initiallly, but you would appreciate their honesty so much and their willingness to help that you would overlook the other stuff. Tell your neighbor what really happened, and make sure you punish your dog. You may even need to find him a new home, that kind of behavior should not be tolerated, and when you DO tolerate it, it will cause people to be less tolerant of you.

9 comments to My dog got into next dorr’s chicken coup…?

  • Christina R

    if you can make sure it never happens again i’d not say anything. If theres a chance- say something .

    Even now I’d say you felt bad and get a couple of chickens for them- i doubt anyone can afford that large a replacement at once.
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  • LOJunkie

    I think you should confess, apologize, and work out a payment plan to pay for the chickens.

    And make sure your dog stays in your yard from now on!
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  • d9172m

    Maybe you can make it up to your neighbor in another way. You should definitely do something (first make sure your dog never gets out again). Hope this helps.
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  • awesome

    maybe you should just tell the truth because if you keep on lieing than it might get worse and you will feel more and more guilty. with replacing them than maybe you should buy them one buy one .
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  • #9 life

    You let them know, then you keep your dog on a leash and pay for the chickens over time.
    That would be the honest and moral thing to do.
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  • Sajjad Ali

    Tie your dog on a leash. Shut up and swallow the pill of guilt.
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  • Eloweezzzzz

    I guess it doesn’t matter what you can afford to do. This is a very sad situation and I believe you already know what to do, because your concious is eating away at you for it. Look at it this way, if someone had been playing baseball and accidentally broke all of you windows, you would have no choice but to replace them. How would you feel if they said, "hey I’m sorry I broke your windows, but I can’t afford to replace them so, have a great day." or how would you feel if they said " Hey, I don’t know how it happened, I feel terrible, you deserve to know the truth, but our baseball is what broke your windows, what can I do? I don’t have any money, but I can do yardwork, I can do anything that will help you. I feel horrible." You would feel upset initiallly, but you would appreciate their honesty so much and their willingness to help that you would overlook the other stuff. Tell your neighbor what really happened, and make sure you punish your dog. You may even need to find him a new home, that kind of behavior should not be tolerated, and when you DO tolerate it, it will cause people to be less tolerant of you.
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  • mystery

    Best not to say anything then, but you really need to control your dog. That’s really bad. If your dog is that out of control you either need to keep him chained all the time or get rid of him.
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  • a.lane

    It depends on the neighbor. Sure, the ‘good’ thing to do would be fess up, but I’ve had some awful neighbors.

    My dog just got into this guy’s yard one time, and he threatened to shoot her. If the guy is like that, I wouldn’t say anything and just make SURE my dog never got out again.

    If he’s a cool guy and you know he’d be understanding, tell him. But since (I’m guessing) you two have talked about it (since he told you he thinks it was a fox) then, that was your chance to do it. He might be even more angry that you didn’t tell him then.

    I’d just not say anything unless it happened again. But, now you owe him a pretty good favor, whether he knows it or not!
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