Sunday, October 12, 2008
Neighborhood Problem
Q: We have new neighbors that own a pit bull. I have called Animal Control to make sure I understand what they are supposed to do to insure the safety of the neighborhood. I was told she is supposed to have the dog in a kennel with a top when the dog is outside. She does not do this and I have reported her for this. Yesterday, she came to my door and confronted me about someone that has been call animal control. I did not say I called, but admitted that I have a problem with her dog running loose in her yard and not in a kennel as she has been instructed. She got very angry and wouldn't listen to my concerns about my families safety so I closed the door. She continued making threats about me keeping my dog quiet. I feel very scared that she will do something to retaliate.

A: The dangerous animal ordinance regulates the care and licensing and is handled through Animal Control as you mention. As for your neighbor being difficult, the advice I would suggest is to maintain avoiding contact if you feel that you can not reasonably work out the differences with the dog. If she were to make a false police report, as your email continues on, she can be found in violation of the Indiana law on False Reporting and possibly prosecuted. Until that time, there is not much else advice wise you can do, other than documenting these encounters (saving voice mails, recording conversations, etc) in case it does become a problem for you later.


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