For the past four years we have run at least two LGD on our 300 acres. Our property runs for more than a mile down a low population mountain road. The speed limit by our property is 30mph with spots marked for 25mph with Elk crossing signs at both ends. It is primarily used by people who are going from Angel Fire (15 mile away) to Taos (13 miles away). Our Property is on both sides of the road and our dogs cross the road from our driveway gate, to the driveway gate on the other side of the road several times per week. In 4 years I have only had one dog who was not car smart and she was rehomed shortly after we moved her. My other dogs have always waited for a car to pass, or crossed when the car is far enough away as to pose no threat. Less than a week ago we came home to a scrawled letter on our door threatening to 'run them down with [their] car'. I've had a terrible feeling since then and actually had a nightmare that night that someone was chasing our puppy through the meadow shooting at her with a handgun. I've been uneasy. So early this morning when I called them for breakfast and they were both absent and did not come over a period of 15 minutes that I was calling them I was very worried. We have a lot of trouble with hunters trespassing and then leaving the field dressed elk carcasses all over the place which the dogs then go and find in the morning. I thought that it was weird that they didn't come when I called (they ALWAYS do) but I figured that they were neck deep in a carcass and would show up hauling half of it. Then an hour and two and three and four passed and they did not come home. I was sick with worry. A person going fast enough to hit our dogs on the road would run off the road at a sharp curve (they are every 100 feet or so) before they could get enough speed to be in danger of hitting one. No one even hits the elk on our road. So I thought the worst. I figured that they had tangled with a mountain lion and weren't coming home.:Bawling: I went inside to start my crying and heard this voice in my head to call the animal shelter. So I ignored the beeping oven timer and went straight to the phone and sure enough. Our dogs where both there. Sans tags. Collars yes. No tags. Someone brought our dogs in claiming that they were strays and that they had been seen roaming all over the canyon for a long time. :hair:hair I told the shelter that they had in fact been removed from my property and their tags removed. The shelter then charged us to get our dogs back. I said that I thought that was unfair as they had had them for only a couple of hours and I came to pick them up the minute I found them. They said that if we were responsible our dogs would not have been in their care and that that care costs them money. My husband accused them of extortion and the manager said, "We don't have enough money to feed the dogs we have!" Translation: we run a no kill shelter, overrun with pitpulls that we cannot place and routinely have to give away (twice per year) so we are going to strip as much money off of you as we can to make ends meet. gre::smack:censored: I filed a report with the State Police who were very sympathetic and said to call them immediately if it happened again and they would escort us to the shelter, but that without proof of where our dogs were taken from it would be our word against the theft who could claim that they had found our dogs on the moon. They urged us to go to the courthouse and obtain a court order for the shelter to release the contact information for the person who brought them in, and said that they would try to see if they could work it like a criminal case (instead of civil) and obtain the order themselves, but the lack of proof on our part was going to make it difficult. :badmood:I'm just so mad right now. I don't know what to do. I can train my dogs to work only one side of the road, but that is not what I want. I can tie my dogs up, but come one. Over time that would be crushing to them when they have done nothing wrong except being nice enough to be lured into someone's care. I'm so mad at the $30 and I'm over the top at knowing that nothing is stopping this person from taking my dogs again. The police said "I don't know why people have to go around messing with other people's property. People out there can be jerks", and they are right. Four years no problem. Now some ------- commuter thinks that a sighting of my dog crossing the road equates to their right to steal my dog (and their tags!). Now I have to vet my dogs because they are only vaccinated against things that they could contract here in the forest, not in a freaking kennel!