Speak to a local ASPCA.
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As someone who has had pit bulls, I totally sympathize you. They are wonderful dogs widely misunderstood because of the way some people treat them and raise them for fighting. What happened was horrible but I have never heard of a dog control officer using guns as a first defense against a stray. You may want to use this experience as a springboard for discussion at city meetings to change the way bully breeds are dealt with. Or write your local congressperson or mayor to tell him/her what happened and ask for a change. From a practical standpoint, regardless of breed, most cities have ordinances that requires that dogs should always be restrained when outside either on a leash or behind a fence, not just for public safety reasons, but for your dog's safety as well. You may also want to talk to your neighbor to let him know your dogs are very friendly, you feel bad that he was so scared he felt he had to call the police, and arrange for him to meet your dogs so he will know for the future that they are not vicious. Some people, of course, may be inapproachable on this subject but it's worth a shot to prevent anything similar in the future.Ask a similar question
Need to check local laws regarding dog license and leash laws. Contact a local lawyer regarding your local dog laws. As someone else mentioned also contact ASCPA.
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You need to consult a local attorney familiar with civil rights laws (4th Amendment violations; also 42 USC 1983 Actions). Your state bar association has an animal law section that may be able to refer you to an animal lawyer who could help you. Also, NYU has an active Student Animal Legal Defense Fund organization that could provide some assistance.
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