Last Thursday the 2 Rottweilers that live down the hill from us got loose, went into my garage and killed my daughters pet rabbit. The same day they attacked a dog in their own neighborhood. They spent the morning wandering the woods behind my house, and in my garden. No one could find them that day, they just seemed to disappear whenever someone got close, but my husband did find out where they live. Thankfully, I hadn't yet let my hens out for the day on Thursday, if I had I shudder to think what would have happened. The dog control officer has been claiming all weekend that there's nothing that we can do, unless we catch them on our property or they hurt or injure my chickens, 2 golden retrievers, 13 2 week old puppies, me, husband or daughter. He said that the owners of the dogs were putting up an electric fence to make sure it doesn't happen again. I had had a run in with them in April (non violent) and another run in in June, when they growled at us. When I read the laws in our state I read something different, so husband called our attorney. Our attorney happens to specialize in cases like this, and he says he is going to be able to have the dogs removed and a judge will decide what to do about them. Any dog that attacks/kills a domestic or farm animal is considered dangerous. For now, I live in fear that while they are still around they will get loose without my knowing it, and be right back up here. I'm so nervous about letting the chicks out, but it's so hot this week, I can't leave them in the coop all day. When husband is home, he has his pistol on, but given my emotional state on Thursday when they were here, I don't feel comfortable with a gun. And I thought my biggest worry was hawks.