Two dogs (part pitbulls from the looks of them) live or visit a couple of doors down from us. I have seen them out and about loose a few times, and they’re quite aggressive but not exactly confrontational. (i.e. they bark - LOUDLY - but they back away and seem to mind their own business).
A few weeks ago our front door was open for some fresh air, and one of them tried to come into the house but I startled him/her and it left.
Today I was walking our new dog at lunchtime, and these dogs came out of NOWHERE and charged at us - they were about 3 inches away when their owner heard them barking and called them off. I was in a panic.
My dog still had to ‘go’ so I yelled out to the neighbours asking them if they were going to lock the dogs up. No response, so after a few minutes, we carried on and didn’t hear a peep or see them at all.
After I finished shaking, I called Animal Control and reported them. They promised to stop by and give the owner a warning. A) I have no idea if this will help or make things worse. (B) The dogs may not even live there.
Do you think I did the right thing? What would you have done in my shoes?
It was SO scary. There is no way either my dog or I could have protected ourselves if the dogs had chosen to ignore their owner, or if the owner hadn’t been listening.