Atlanta, GA asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia

Q: Am I in the wrong regarding my dog and property?

I have a temporary neighbor, or at least I believe she's just moved in with her family that lives half of a mile down our dirt road due to COVID-19. Anyway, she walks everyday and has called authorities about my dogs. The thing is, they walk to a light pole in front of our property and our dogs bark at ANYBODY once they're close to our yard, and I'm assuming she felt threatened. But our yard is the dogs' domain (we have two dogs) and if she didn't come close to our yard she wouldn't even know the dogs were here. We've lived here for five years with next door neighbors and never had a complaint. Our dogs aren't vicious they're just "protecting" our home. She could simply walk the other direction from our property and would never have to see them. My dogs aren't locked up, but they NEVER leave our yard. We live in rural Georgia. I understand the road is public. But if she's coming within inches of our property, am I at fault? How should I handle this?

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO

A: You can’t really stop someone from calling the police. If the police haven’t done anything and haven’t issued you a ticket or summons, then you might just have to deal with it until she gets tired of calling with no results. If you have been issued a ticket or a summons, then you’ll want to fight that in court because otherwise she’ll be encouraged to keep calling. Depending on what the local aggressive dog ordinance says, you might want to take videos of what is happening (your dogs staying in the yard and barking as she walks by) To show that they aren’t doing anything. But I would check your local ordinance before creating any evidence that might incriminate you.

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