Earlier today my mother and I were attacked by a large German shepherd.
The owners had left their dog unleashed on their property which has no fences or any division between their large lawn and the public sidewalk. The dog saw us talking and walking on the sidewalk and immediately came after us barking loudly. We ran for a little, the owners were nowhere in sight, but the dog caught up to us in the middle of the road and we were forced to fend it off with our umbrellas. After a minute of pushing the dog away from us it retreated behind a house.
We called 911 right away and said the dog retreated for now and we were told to call the non-emergency police line. We asked several times for someone to come and witness the dog roaming the streets, but the officer insisted on filing a report and kept asking us for personal information. We were terrified to return home or leave for work the next day.
Is it justified for the police to not send a police officer when you report a large off-leash dog that approached you aggressively?