Since you've already spoken with your neighbours several times I would suggest calling the city bylaws office (if there is one for rural areas) or animal control. You're probably opening yourself up for issues though since your fence is not secure and technically your dog is roaming free as well (even though he stays in your yard).I have a "what would you do?" situation. My neighbors are the absolute worst. I live in a rural area, on 20 acres, which is mostly fenced but the fence is broken down in multiple places. We have no livestock currently, so it has not been a high priority for us to fix. So my nearest neighbors, who I can't see from my house, have several dogs. One is a cattle dog mix, another is some type of hound dog mix (new), and several smaller dogs. I don't see the small dogs often - I assume they keep them inside. The other two are outside 100% of the time. But here's the problem. They just roam loose all the time. When I go to unlock the gate on my driveway, which is at the bottom of the mountain near their house, the hound will come close and growl at me. The cattle dog chases every car that comes down the driveway, and darts out in front of the tires out of the trees causing people to stop short and spray gravel (which cost me a lot of money by the way). It's incredibly annoying and frustrating. I've seen both dogs in my actual yard, and recently I've been seeing dog poop in the strangest of places: on the kerosene can (1 gallon) kept out by our fire pit... literally ON the can, by the handle. So weird. I've also seen it on the crash pads beneath our climbing wall. And on the stone flagging just below our porch. I've had it with these neighbors and their dogs.
A little background: a few years ago, a friend was visiting with his intact male pit. The neighbors had a different dog then, and she had come up to our yard that day. Well.. turns out she was in heat. My friend's dog followed her back down the mountain to the neighbor's house. The neighbor gut-shot him as he was mounting the bitch. It was devastating for my friend and he has never been able to get over that "murder" as he calls it - in fact, it really did a number on him psychologically (I won't go into all the details of that but the short of it is that it was really bad and he was borderline suicidal after that - he was homeless at the time, living in his van, and his dog was his life). Now while my friend is obviously not without fault in that situation, his dog WAS just being a dog and following a bitch in heat that should never been allowed to roam free. Needless to say, relations are strained with these neighbors as a result of that and other things.
I've taken to carrying the BB gun in my car because the hound is NOT friendly. He has gotten close enough to me in an aggressive enough demeanor that I popped off a few shots on his rump (it's just a little Red Ryder) but it didn't even faze him. The other day, we were shooting skeet in our pasture and the cattle dog came running full tilt up through the field where we were shooting, and up into the yard until I ran her off. I've had to run them off time and time again.
I've really had it up to here with the neighbors and their unruly dogs. I'm not sure how to approach this situation. I don't want to necessarily make things worse than they are with us, but at the same time, I can't live like this. I can't enjoy my time outside with my own dog - who never strays beyond our own yard and will guard the perimeter - without worrying about these other dogs being where they shouldn't. Not to mention they scare people driving up the driveway because they chase and dart.
How would you handle this? Occasionally they'll tie up the dogs which is great for us but still not ideal for the dogs. There is no leash law to speak of, though legally I know they are required to maintain their animals within their own property. They are just awful owners, which is ironic since their son (a former co-worker of mine) worked for years at the animal shelter here. They don't seem to care that their dogs may get run over or accidentally shot, or that they are aggressive. I've mentioned it twice now via phone with the wife, but nothing has changed. I'm at my wits' end and not sure what to do about it. But I know it's simply unacceptable that I can't go where I want or do what I want on MY OWN PROPERTY without being accosted by their dogs. And the dog crap in weird places was really the thing that put me over the edge. Thoughts? Suggestions?
**ETA: I have ordered some pepper spray to carry with me in place of the BB gun (which is just what I happened to have handy at the time) but I still need to figure out how to address the overall issue.