[Help] [Discussion] Psycho threatens my service dog and I with their aggressive untrained German Shepherd. I have to live near them and now am genuinely afraid they might let their ‘dog that won’t stop attacking once they start’ loose intentionally. Animal control can’t do much before that happens.
I have diagnosed PTSD that effects my every day life. I also have a service dog in training. I picked a dog that had the exact temperament I wanted, with a low prey drive, high trainability, great listening skills, that has lived with children, adults, and teens of both sexes. Right now an ESA so the dog does NOT go into public except for pet stores that allow well behaved dogs which is what my dog is, where we are doing service dog training. I passed up on dogs of traditional service work, labs, goldens, german shepherds, after the owners or shelters said they hate men or bite kids.
I've had encounters with this person in the past. The last encounter was when I was walking my dog at night. I only have so many spoons and do not feel like people trying to start fights with me about my well behaved dog over perceived breed or type so sometimes I walk at night. The person came out and sarcastically yelled to me "nice dog." I told them "thanks, dog's name is nice. Dog's name is my emotional support dog, and I am training to be my service dog". The person then told me they thought they knew my dog was a pit bull but I told them the truth, American Bulldog mix, and the mix is something with much thicker and longer hair which is obvious if you get close or feel the fur. They then asked me why I was walking so late, at 9 or 10 pm, and I told them my schedule and that I didn't want to scare anyone since they always assume the dog is a pit bull even though he has well known very typical American Bulldog markings and the less blocky head and shorter snout that American Bulldogs have. I told them in a calm and downright friendly manner "sorry if we startled you I didn't expect anyone to be out here this late. We're just walking through and mean no harm". As I left they shouted something at me but I did not hear what it was.
This time my dog urinated on a patch of grass on an abandoned property. Psycho came flying out of the house yelling at me for "having my dog pee on their property" saying "your dog is aggressive and marking their territory". My dog was sitting by my side, no hackles raised, not growling, not lunging, not pulling, and showing no other signs of potential aggression. I calmly apologized and said I wouldn't let him urinate there again. They continued to yell about 'their property' which wasn't even theirs, but next to theirs, and they said it was "close enough". I finally got tired of it and said "well the sidewalk grass is public property. But I'm sorry it won't happen again". As I started to leave they said "I have a dog on my property. My dog is mean. If I let it out and it attacks you and your dog, I can't stop it. It won't stop. I can let it off my property."
Admittedly at that point when they literally said they own a dog that not only can, but will kill people and other animals, I legitimately felt triggered. Actual PTSD triggered not the stupid internet definition of triggered. Part of my PSTD is from a family member threatening to kill his spouse, their other kids, and myself and then trying to go through with it not once but twice before police intervened and made us not the one threatening leave the home for our safety. My dog was nudging me like trained to do when I get triggered which is not too common thankfully since not a lot of people scream at me in public or no one else has before threatened to kill me. I was so angry though I did raise my voice, and I told them "then your dog is out of control! My dog would not kill a person or another dog. My dog has been attacked by other dogs and not fought back. You need to control your animal!" They kept trying to fight and made more threats against my dog, so I walked away trying not to let them see my cry in pure anger. I continue to walk around the block and see the person driving around in their car. They drive up to me with their window down and try to engage again, and I tell them again "I'm sorry. I don't know what else you want me to say. I'm sorry my dog peed on some public property, we won't even walk by your house anymore if that is such a big problem". They told me I was "crazy, loco, nuts" and that "they own what you are calling public property because they pay taxes if it gets damaged". I said "WE ALL PAY TAXES ON PUBLIC PROPERTY. I'M DONE." I walk off and they continue to follow me for a bit in their car before finally driving off.
Even though the person was past middle aged and not particularly threatening looking, I know crazy people can poison your dogs, and I now know this one owns a german shepherd that "won't stop attacking" meaning very capable and willing to kill people and other dogs. The dog is outside 24/7 and barks and lunges at people behind the fence constantly which I was willing to let slide since I do not go out of my way to start drama. I am scared now. Should I report it to the animal control or police? I am afraid if I do they might "accidentally" let a dog out that they admit would kill someone, or poison my dog. I have to live a few houses away from the psycho. Animal control here is understaffed and underfunded, they may not do anything at all except leave a note saying the dog is barking all night and that they need to comply with local noise ordinances. They will not even take away dogs that are being starved until the dog either dies or is so emaciated it cannot walk, and I know since I have volunteered there and know how the laws work and how it is hard for them to keep up with all the animal abuse cases. The police may not take it seriously since the person is elderly, even though they said their dog will kill people, especially since we are in a poor neighborhood with mainly disabled fixed income people. But should I report anyway in case the dog does attack someone?
Submitted March 04, 2019 at 09:44PM by afraidforus
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