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Why is that so abnormal? Dogs are not remote controlled robots.
You don't find it unusual that a dog would randomly run after a little girl just walking past?
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You don't find it unusual that a dog would randomly run after a little girl just walking past?
The thing is she was not just walking by... Every time she walks past our house she grabs the fence and rattles it, trying to scare the dog (one of the things she does, her and her brother also kick their football against the fence whenever the dog is in the garden just for the fun of seeing her get nervous and bark - call me crazy, but on some level I find that to be animal abuse). I wasn't there when it happened, but I guess the dog heard/saw her and left the garage. As soon as my husband saw her run out of the garage he yelled at her to stop and she did. I still find it unusual that you should keep your dog on a leash when at your own place, but hey... It is how it is.

We have now replied to the complaint filed with our version of the story, so I suppose now the only thing left to do is wait and see what happens.
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Re: Take this dog complaint serious?

You are right to gather your certificates, also ask your trainer to write a character reference, of both you and your dog. Speak to your vet as well, ask if he/she would be willing to attest to your good character as an owner. (Sometimes a vet cannot, for instance if he/she holds some sort of official capacity.)

Also speak to your Privathaftpflicht insurer.

The procedure and possible consequences would likely depend on the individual case.

Some possibilities are that your dog might have to stand a Wesenstest, the character and stability test EE describes. Which form of the test would be used depends on the authority, but presumably you have practiced these already in the Hundeschule. You might also have to stand a test of your ability as an owner.

Consequences might probably involve a fine, and could include anything from nothing further, to the measures stipulated in the Zuerich Hundegesetz, chapter 16-18 'Meldungen, Abklaerungen, Massnahme', here:


http://www2.zhlex.zh.ch/appl/zhlex_r.nsf/WebView/3B56A8C2326D4D97C125768E00468B21/$File/554.5_14.4.08_67.pdf


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Is your dog List 1 by any chance?

The accusation that you were on school premises is worrying, as dogs are explicitedly banned from school grounds, and this accusation could increase the seriousness of the way the complaint is viewed. Did your dog ever leave your property? Do you have any witnesses?

Unfortunately, provocation is often not accounted for, as the overriding principle is that your dog must be under your supervision and control at all times.

Do you speak perfect Swiss German? If not, have a translator for all interactions.


Hoping for the best possible outcome for all.

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Re: Take this dog complaint serious?

I obviously don't know the full story but this sounds like a dog hater going that extra mile.

I would suggest getting surveillance on your property. I'd advise this for anyone with a dog, it just keeps any dog hating neighbours honest imo.

Good Luck.
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The thing is she was not just walking by... Every time she walks past our house she grabs the fence and rattles it, trying to scare the dog (one of the things she does, her and her brother also kick their football against the fence whenever the dog is in the garden just for the fun of seeing her get nervous and bark - call me crazy, but on some level I find that to be animal abuse). I wasn't there when it happened, but I guess the dog heard/saw her and left the garage. As soon as my husband saw her run out of the garage he yelled at her to stop and she did. I still find it unusual that you should keep your dog on a leash when at your own place, but hey... It is how it is.

We have now replied to the complaint filed with our version of the story, so I suppose now the only thing left to do is wait and see what happens.
Animal abuse is leaving dogs locked inside for hours while you are out!
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I would suggest getting surveillance on your property. I'd advise this for anyone with a dog, it just keeps any dog hating neighbours honest imo. .
Just an FYI, one needs to check the community regs for installing a surveillance camera. IIRC, here the camera can only record activity in your property, you cannot film any space at or beyond your boundaries. A colleague set up a camera to try to gather evidence against the neighbor threatening his dog with a pellet gun, but instead ended up getting fined.

When one has neighbors intent on causing your dog harm, or a neighbor child whose behavior is unsafe, there are few legal options available to to protect your dog (and yourself). Most of the time the only real solution is to move.

Sad world we live in.
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The thing is she was not just walking by... Every time she walks past our house she grabs the fence and rattles it, trying to scare the dog (one of the things she does, her and her brother also kick their football against the fence whenever the dog is in the garden just for the fun of seeing her get nervous and [..]
You do want to film that, preferably multiple occasions to show that it's not just a once-off. You really do. Perhaps deliberately create situations that 'invite' the children to their provocations, including a longer leash than otherwise necessary.

If you're able to film multiple occasions of both rattling and kicking the football you'll probably immediately have the case turned in your favor.
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