Figured this goes here, as it is really a legal issue in the end. The neighbors...ooohhh....the neighbors...have a devil dog that runs loose and a small child to match! Already threatened to shoot the dog flat out if I catch it trying to eat a chicken, horse, pig, my dog, cat, me - he's that bad. Still runs loose, but less so than before. The kid...well I can't shoot him, so what do I do? came home today to find him standing by a hoop coop in the front yard, feeding blueberries to my chicks...ONE BERRY AT A TIME! This caused a frenzy! Several were trompled/pecked to death, several just barely hanging on, and he was standing there laughing about it. I of course flipped out screaming, yelling cussing because I have HAD IT. We live in the country - dirt road, minimal fencing, really hate the thought of having to turn my house into fort knox over them, they rent, the kid is like 6. What can we do? Calling animal control over the dog got me ...NOWHERE...so what do we do about a freaking kid? I don't want to start a war with them, but after my performance today in the yard it may be too late. In all honesty, I called him several things I usually wouldn't even dare to call my worst enemy...but anyone standing there getting enjoyment from watching a small animal die, no matter how old they are, 6 or 60, well, it's just sick and REALLY set me off. I hate living like this, but I DON'T RENT - like they do- so we can't just pick up and move either. Does anyone know/have any experience with something like this? How did you handle it? I know laws vary from place to place, but advice would be appreciated. Speaking with the parents...well...that didn't work until I told them that the kid out with the horses could get killed - over a thousand pounds of horse vs. small child...well, they saw the sense in that...don't think it will work with the chickens though...the threat of impending doom and bodily harm is just not there with a chicken...so I am at a loss and sick in my soul as well...I have some roosters that have a date set for freezer camp and we still treat them better than to cause a massacre and watch and laugh...it's comforting to know they are training a little serial killer...really, isn't that how so many of them started? With small animals as children? How do I resolve this?