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I have the "short" version of the story here, and I will do the "long version" in the next post. I apologise the other one is so long, but I want to provide background, and the situation itself had a lot going on in it, and finally, i have lots of questions about it. I greatly appreciate reading this all and feedback (for those who can)

Short story:

While walking our dog, Mikołaj, tonight, a neighbour (at the opposite end of the block) physically assaulted him without provocation (our dog went passive and did not fight back).

Interfering with, let alone hitting, a service dog (or one in training as ours is), even when off duty, is a misdemenor in our state; intentionally causing injury to one is a felony.

I do not yet know if Mikołaj has injuries. We're keeping an eye on him and will take him to the vet on Monday (or earlier if he suddenly starts have symptoms of concern).

The only witness was the assailant's family member who I doubt will tell the truth (but who knows). Unless Mickey has internal injuries, we have no proof.

Do we:
  • Just avoid them (not too difficult)
  • File a Police Report and/or Press Charges
  • Go over there and tell them that if they do something like that again, we will press charges
  • Ditto, but instead of telling them, tell the woman that lives there if we can find out when she's around and the guys are not
  • Ditto, but tell them via a written letter.
  • Something Else

    Please note they have a Rottweiler Puppy. After this, I would suspect they treat her the same or worse. :-(

    However, I am also CONCERNED that if we do something, they will retaliate, and having a backyard full of chickens and sheep, which while legal, is a tad uncommon, might appear as an easy thing for them to target us by, either by filing false complaints with the county/animal control, or causing harm to them (eg: throwing poison over the fence etc).
  • Date: 2012-08-19 05:22 pm (UTC)
    amberfox: picture from the Order of Hermes tradition book for Mage: The Awakening, subgroup House Shaea (Default)
    From: [personal profile] amberfox
    I would really, really like to be able to give advice, but all I've got is ::flail::, I'm afraid. My first response would be to suggest you file a police report, or at least consult with the police regarding your options; they might have some suggestions you hadn't thought of.

    Date: 2012-08-19 07:38 pm (UTC)
    amorettea: (col worried)
    From: [personal profile] amorettea
    I would file a police report and make sure they know your concerns that the neighbors may retaliate. It is better to start a record now than go back if things escalate and try to document what happened after the fact.

    Date: 2012-08-19 10:16 pm (UTC)
    trouble: Sketch of Hermoine from Harry Potter with "Bookworms will rule the world (after we finish the background reading)" on it (Default)
    From: [personal profile] trouble
    This is what I was going to suggest. Even just calling the non-emergency line and asking their advice might be good, but at least getting something on record.

    Date: 2012-08-19 06:17 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    I would immediately contact law enforcement. Any cruelty to animals needs to be reported and dealt with. He should be regarded as a threat to your other animals as well and this can be explained to the police. Show whatever permits or licenses you have for your farm animals.

    Plus, since this is a service dog, an attack on him is an attack on your health.

    Date: 2012-08-19 06:49 am (UTC)
    ext_120512: girl!Jack (Bashful Darren)
    From: [identity profile]
    File a report. You need to start a paper trail for if (when) these people escalate. Even if you can't prove anything now, make sure there are records so if anything else happens there will be prior complaints on record. Sorry you have to deal with this.

    Date: 2012-08-19 01:31 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    You need to report it to law enforcement to make the paper trail and have an eye out for more incidents. Yes, they might retaliate and that is a concern that I would recommend telling the police and making a plan for with their help. Their response time is also likely to be better should problems continue because they know what's going on.


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