Now, note that Doug and I are a couple of large fuckers, probably bigger than anyone around here. We don't scare easily. But these are big dogs, and they meant business. All I had in my hand was a book, and Doug had a backpack...neither an overly effective weapon. Still, the dogs didn't get too close when we started swinging, and worked our way back towards my door. They lunged in a few times, but we kept them back. I'm telling ya, if they'd have gotten close enough, we'd have done some damage; I know I was pretty pissed off, and Doug sounded the same.
Funny side note: We're here, 12:30, outside one bunch of townhouses, less than 30 yards from the apartments across the lot, and this house. The dogs are barking their fools heads off, and we're not quiet, either. I know people are annoying and don't "want to get involved", but I never saw a single light come on or anything. Gee, thanks for the assist, people.
Anyway, we managed to work our way to my door and get inside. Doug went home, and I stared at the dogs for a bit until they looked like they were actually considering jumping at my front window, and shut it all down. As of 2:30 this morning, they were still running wild.
Doug and I talked this morning, considering calling the cops or Animal Control. There are a lot of kids in this place, and a lot of people that could be seriously injured by these mutts. I'm all for pet ownership, I love dogs, but there's no excuse for irresponsible pet ownership, especially large attack dog ownership in a small, child-filled area. As it turns out, Doug called Animal Control, and there were three other complaints last night, as well. I guess they're sending someone out later today...but I notice, this morning, that the dogs are nowhere to be found.
I could care less if you feel you need three big attack dogs for pets. Good for you. Be responsible about it. I'm not even saying they are 100% at fault; hell, the kids around here play/taunt them through the fence sometimes, and that's pretty damn stupid, too. Still, You own the weapon, it's your responsibility to keep it chained and locked up.