So, I called the Sheriff’s office today and spoke to the animal control officer. We decided not to press criminal charges against the neighbor – though we could – but we are legally able to shoot the dog if it comes on our property again.
I learned a new thing: if we shoot it with a BB gun, and its injured, then we’re liable because it’s not a weapon designed to kill. The officer advised me to use lethal force; then, even if I were to injure it and it got away before I finished it off, then it’s apparent that I was attempting to kill a known threat. Huh.
The officer spoke to my neighbor (and was seriously NOT impressed when said neighbor pretended not to speak English. Since the officer speaks fluent Spanish -neighbor is Hispanic – that went over like a lead balloon.) Officer was pretty annoyed. Anyway. Neighbor was instructed to keep dog on a chain at all times when it’s outside, since it was seen jumping the five foot fence and the neighbor has told us previously (in English) that shock collars don’t work for it.
Round One is now complete. Let’s hope he keeps his dog under control so that we don’t have to kill it. If it kills again… the there’s probably a fine and possibly an arrest in the owner’s future.
Hooray for sensible rules. When we lived in Kirkland, we were told that the dog that bit my piano student’s mom wouldn’t be dealt with at all until there were at least two separate biting incidents on file with the police!