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In short my dogs bark at him occasionally as you might expect from time to time but it's very minimal, perhaps 15 seconds and it's all over.
Today, Max goaded one particular dog into barking very aggressively at him which I'm convinced was done to also provoke a reaction from my family for reasons described. I guess it doesn't matter why he did it, but he did it. After a prolonged moment and after some intimidation on Max's part, the dog lunged at the fence once but continued to bark. Having witnessed the affair it was clear Max provoked my dogs.
No, no biting. No injuries. I am very concerned as I read he could report me/my dog(s) to the Council/Environmental Health/Police (whoever takes care of 'dangerous dogs') and he could potentially cause real upset as in his eyes the dogs are 'out of control' and he could say he 'feels threatened'.
What I want to know is can Max report me to someone/something that warrants attention from an authority on the above basis.
And I guess I'm asking, is there some piece of law I can use to tell him to stop provoking my livestock. Is it animal cruelty for example, or being a nuisance?
No. Only if he put his hands through the fence or he climbed over the fence uninvited.
Alternatively, if there is a hole in the fence that I'm not aware of there is of course that unlikely worry.
Thanks a lot Jo - I just want to clarify a few points.
1. "You can make a report but it is a waste of your time I'm afraid." - just so I know, who would I report to if I were to do this at some stage?
2. I'm 100% certain my dogs do not enter his property as they are either with me in the paddock or indoors. However, if they do break loose, what constitutes evidence for him? Video, eye witness other than himself and his wife? Dog poo?
3. As we have had a few instances now verbally, I think we're not going to get anywhere talking face to face. I want to write to him to draw a line in the sand on this in an effort to say 'back off'. But also for the way in which he spoke to my wife. Will a recorded delivery letter be enough to essentially have something 'on record' should anything develop later in life?
4. Lastly, if my dog bit him but on my property (let's say he jumped the fence uninvited), do I have a defence?
Thanks a lot Jo - this really is the last question before I let you go...
Can you tell me what act and section the harassment comes under please.
Jo - you're a star.
Thanks so much and have a great evening!