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Hello all! I hope I am posting in the right forum. I wasn't sure if thus should go into the Off-Topic forum or here.

Situation: My neighbor has a big white lab that crosses the street into my yard every other day or so and does his business in my yard. They have plenty of land as well as we do, but for some reason the dog always comes over to my yard. To make matters worse, the dog is aggressive. The first time that he came into our yard, I was going out to do something and spotted him right next to the flower bed and wasn’t showing any aggressive body language, so I tried to say hi in a very sweet tone of voice and moved a bit toward him with my hand out, which was very dumb on my part. He growled in a warning type of way that if I got any closer I’d probably get bitten. Then he took off for his own yard. Needless to say, I never tried that again with that dog. Most labs are very nice from what I’ve seen and heard of.

His behavior is strange to me. I know that he is not scared of me at all, but whenever he sees me while he is in my yard, he’ll trot back over to his own yard after he is done sniffing around. If I come into the yard when he is in the yard, he will watch to see if I will try to get him out of the yard. Its almost like hes waiting for me to challenge his authority. I don't obviously, but I still feel unsafe, like I can't even go in my own yard. He also seems very territorial. Whenever I go to check the mail, he comes barking down their driveway and stops short and watches me. The only person he seems to listen to only slightly is my Dad because I am pretty sure the dog gets intimidated by my Dad.
My Dad has talked to the lady that owns the lab more then twice. She hasn't done anything about it especially since she works all day and the lady's daughter can't control the dog. To top it off, the lady is a snot. She doesn’t come across as very considerate of other people unfortunately.

The other day, I overheard the girl calling the dog which was currently pooping in our yard. Finally when he was done and went back to his own yard, I watched her take 5 minutes trying to get the dog to come inside. Everytime she got near the dog, he would prance away. She chased him around the yard that whole time and finally got him inside the house. She was NOT happy. The dog seems very disobedient and unsocialised. Anyone who walks past their driveway will get a volley of barks at them. He never chases anyone but it only seems like he threatens people. He almost seems cowardly in a sense, like he avoids confrontation but also comes across as aggressive. Its slightly confusing to me. Also we have two small female dogs but he doesn’t seem one bit interested, so I am sure that’s not why he comes over.
Most of the time when the girl lets the dog out, she never watches him...
And hes killed one of the neighbor's chickens.

I don't know whether to file a complaint and I don't know if that even does anything.

Like I've stated before, my Dad has talked to the lady at least more than twice and its getting old, and I am pretty sure she isn't taking it seriously. I'm not sure if I should go over there and try to get acquainted with the dog so that I don't have to be scared of him, but I feel like the neighbor’s don’t care about anyone else or the dog, until the police get involved and then they point fingers at other people. I’m pretty sure that if I filed a complaint, the lady would say that no one talked to her about the dog.

Any suggestions? Sorry for this being so long and drawn out.
 

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I’m pretty sure that if I filed a complaint, the lady would say that no one talked to her about the dog.
It wouldn't even matter if your dad talked to him or not. There's someone else's dog in YOUR yard being aggressive with YOU. If you have to go to the police because she's not listening go ahead.
 

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I agree. In most cities there are leash laws, obviously she doesn't know about them or most likely doesn't care! I would alert the local animal control about the situation, including the dogs behavior towards you in your own yard and ask that they address the issue. Ask them to please let you know when they have spoken to her so you know when, or if, they actually do it.
I know here, I have two pit bulls who are super sweet with people, but not so sweet with other dogs. I've asked repeatedly for the woman to please check her fenceline to see where the dogs are getting out and she has refused to do so. I no longer go to her, I call the police immediately upon seeing them. Of course, a pit running loose is going to generate much quicker response than a lab is, but still they should respond.
I really hate to call the police on these dogs, its' not their fault their owner is a butt, but I can't have them in my yard endangering my own dogs should I step out my front door and not know they are there.
 

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I am just warry that the neighbor will try to retaliate somehow or do something immature to get back... But I guess thats the risk of formally complaining and making someone look bad...
I hate having to get the police involved in order to have someone pay attention to their dog but if thats what it takes.

It makes me mad that after you file a complaint, the neighbor will more than likely get mad at you for something that they could have avoided themselves.
 
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