Q: I have 2 totally unrelated questions: (1) People who live behind me have dogs that attack the fence whenever my dog or any person is out in my yard. A few days ago another neighbor came over to let me know there was a loose board and those dogs were close to being able to get through. I have a small dog and she would’ve been torn apart by these other dogs. The neighbor said they were pit bulls but I haven’t seen them myself. So my question is: other than doing everything within my power to make sure the fence is secure do I have any legal recourse to deal with these obviously aggressive dogs? (2) I continue to receive mail from organizations even after contacting them multiple times and asking to be removed from their mailing lists. What can I do and who can I contact? So far nothing I’ve tried has worked.—Robin
A: Let’s start with question number one and work our way to the final question.
The first thing I would say to do is to go and talk to the neighbor and give him or her a heads up as to your fence getting damaged. Though it would not be criminal if they damaged your fence it could be used in a civil trial if they knew that their dogs were damaging your fence and did nothing to stop it. If they were making the dogs damage your fence then it could be considered criminal as they would be maliciously and intentionally having the dogs damaging your fence.
If the dogs got into your yard and attacked a person in your yard then the owners could be charged with having vicious dogs, especially if there was knowledge of the fence being damaged prior. The violation would more than likely fall under an ordinance violation which some allow charges for vicious dogs that attack other dogs as well.
As far as legal recourse, it would be a civil matter if your fence got destroyed by the dogs if they were not trained to tear down your fence.
Now as far as question two, one of the possible answers I could give would be to go to the Idaho State Attorney Generals website at www.ag.idaho.gov. There you can not only sign up for the Do Not Call list, there is also a consumer complaint form you could fill out if you believe you were possibly being taken advantage of. There’s an explanation on the site that you need to read as it might not fit your situation. The site is also a great source for any current fraud issues going on in Idaho.
The next place you could visit is www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0262-stopping- unsolicited-mail-phone-calls-and-email. I got this from The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website and they have information on how to stop mail from being delivered. This is also a great site for identity theft issues as well.
I would suggest that if none of that works, then buy a paper shredder and start shredding that unwanted trash mail.
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