The neighbor let's her 2 big black dogs just roam the neighborhood for hours unsupervised. They are constantly pooping in our yard and leaving their dog bones everywhere. Sidewalk, street, my porch (eye roll).
We have tried to nicely tell her to watch her dogs and keep them on a leash but she ignores us and continues letting them roam.
I have a 1 yr old and 6 yr old who play in my yard and have stepped in the poop (we don't have dogs and so running around they are not used to having to look for it). I have had to yell at the dogs to get out of my yard and push them away from my kids. They will just come up to us. And I don't care if the neighbor says they are friendly and like kids, you never know how they can react to kids. Especially my 1 yr old.
We have called the local police who told us that we should try and work it out with her but nothing is working. We are so annoyed and need advise what to do. We live in Michigan and there is a Leash Law. Please help.
You should call animal control (which may be county rather than city) regarding off leash violations. Take photos of the dogs in your yard and note the date and time so that it is clear these are multiple violations. Typically these are monetary fines and can quickly add up, motivating a change in behavior. In addition, from a practical perspective, fences can make for good neighbors.
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I agree with Attorney Holcombe. In an age where everyone has cell phone cameras, it should be easy to document the dogs. Your neighbors may also help you with this.
Send copies of the photos with the time lines to animal control, by certified mail. You want to create a record.
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