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    I took the girls for a walk this afternoon and we were only about 25m from our house when a teenage girl who lives in the house a few houses down and across the street came out onto the footpath and yelled "I'm going to scream if I see another dog walk past here!" we were walking on the other side of the street so I just ignored her and kept walking so she yelled out again "I'm going to scream if I see another dog walk past here! And then I'm going to KILL it!".

    We haven't had much to do with this family but in the 6 months we have lived here we have noticed that a lot of fights and dramas go on at their house, there is a police car there every few weeks and this girl that threatened me is about 17-18 years old and has a slight mental disability.. Due to this mental disability I didn't say anything to her (if it was anyone else I would've gone off my rocker!) but I am quite worried about what she said as we live in a dead-end cul de sac of about 15 houses with only 1 other dog and I've never seen him get walked so it's not like dogs are frequent and we were walking on the other side of the street, not even close to her house!

    Because of this mental disability I really don't know how to approach the situation and I need advice. Should I ignore it, go over and try to speak to her mother/family and risk them getting abusive towards me or just call the police and report it in case something does happen again?

    I don't like situations like this but I definitely don't like being threatened that my dogs (or any dogs) will be 'killed' if they walk past...

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    Kristie, I would take that as a serious situation. I would talk to the police and as she has made a threat they are obligated to at least go and talk to the family and assertain if there is a likelihood of her actually carrying out the threat.

    It may be nothing but her mental condition or temporary medication issues which may go no further....but it might!

    I think they do take threats from those mentally impaired very seriously.

    Better to be safe than sorry i think...especially as she lives so close!

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    The advice I have in regards to an action against threats of killing my dog is a grey area in legality so I think will keep my trap shut on an open public forum.

    Apart from that I don't really care if someone has mental issues or not. They would be unlikely to do it again to anyone else regardless.

    Sorry I couldn't be of any use in this instance.
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    I would possibly put a complaint in with the police so that it is on record should something happen.

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    A few months back our neighbour (and landlord) witnessed a guy in our street screaming at my dogs, and threatening to kill them. He said, among other things: "I'm coming back, and you dogs are dead!" (Or something to that effect). She did yell out at him to p*ss off, and he did, but it rattled me to my bones when she told me.

    She did say that she thought he was either drunk or mentally unstable, but I wasn't taking any chances. We put up additional fencing the next day, so that there are now contained to the back yard only, when we are not home. Of course he was a stranger, so there wasn't much I could do, but if it was someone known to me, I would have been straight down to the cop shop. Pronto.

    Chances are that it is nothing, but better safe than sorry - right?
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    Kristy Lee - how do you know she has a mild mental disability and what does that entail? Who told you this information - maybe they are the person to approach and tell them what happened and ask what they think and how real the threat may be.

    My thinking is she was actually targeting you and used your dogs to get to you. Why would she do that? Sometimes people with mental disabilities are impulsive, frustrated and provocative and just spew crap from their mouths. They literally have no control over what they are doing or saying or of the consequences of what they say. And that is not to say "normal" people do not sometimes do the same.

    Consider walking your dogs past their house tomorrow to show the girl you are not bothered by her. Take a partner or friend if need be. If she does threaten the dogs call the Police. Others may disagree with this idea but I believe you are better to confront the fear and find out where you stand and act on it immediately rather than sneak around the street, avoid her and worry every time you have to go out.

    If nothing happens hopefully you will feel a little less anxious. I feel really sorry for you as I am sure your anxiety must be quite overwhelming. I know how much you love those babies.

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    Thanks Guys I might call the police just so it's on record but will ask them to not confront the family as they do know where I live and my dogs are quite unique looking! As we own this house and can't move as easily as a rental so I think it's in our best interests to not do something that could potentially start a disagreement with a family who already seem to be tied up with the police quite often for whatever reason (there have been a few 2am domestic arguements that have spilled out onto the street) and if it happens again, then I will ask them to speak to the family.

    Quote Originally Posted by ratbag jrt View Post
    how do you know she has a mild mental disability and what does that entail? Who told you this information - maybe they are the person to approach and tell them what happened and ask what they think and how real the threat may be.

    Nobody has told me that she has a mental disability, I've sort of just put the information together.. she walks down the street singing songs at the top of her lungs and has VERY loud mobile phone conversations on the footpath, I was putting my wheelie bins out the other day and she put their family's bins out at the same time with no shirt or bra on, just completely topless among other things and the special school bus picks her up of a morning and drops her home in the afternoon. But she still seems capable of holding conversations and is allowed to wander the streets and go shopping by herself (I've seen her a few times) so I imagine the disability can't be too 'major'.

    Quote Originally Posted by ratbag jrt View Post

    My thinking is she was actually targeting you and used your dogs to get to you. Why would she do that? Sometimes people with mental disabilities are impulsive, frustrated and provocative and just spew crap from their mouths. They literally have no control over what they are doing or saying or of the consequences of what they say. And that is not to say "normal" people do not sometimes do the same.
    I was thinking the same.. that maybe it was just an impulse thing and she didn't really have any control over it, but at the same time it made me wonder if she could carry out a negative action towards my dogs and not really understand the consequenses of it either. If it was a "normal" person I would have gone to the police quick smart but because of what appears to be a mental disability I was a bit confused on what to do, and also because she didn't directly threaten me or my dogs, she just said "another dog" meaning the next dog to walk down the street

    If only you could camp out for a week in the street before you bought your house to find out what all the neighbours were like!

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Dog View Post
    A few months back our neighbour (and landlord) witnessed a guy in our street screaming at my dogs, and threatening to kill them. He said, among other things: "I'm coming back, and you dogs are dead!" (Or something to that effect). She did yell out at him to p*ss off, and he did, but it rattled me to my bones when she told me.

    She did say that she thought he was either drunk or mentally unstable, but I wasn't taking any chances. We put up additional fencing the next day, so that there are now contained to the back yard only, when we are not home. Of course he was a stranger, so there wasn't much I could do, but if it was someone known to me, I would have been straight down to the cop shop. Pronto.

    Chances are that it is nothing, but better safe than sorry - right?
    Oh wow! That must have been horrible!

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    I would definitely tell the police. And maybe you should drive your dog abit away from your street before walking them? That's what i'd do.
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    Talk to your neighbours. If she is doing the half nude wheelie bin run I am sure she has come to the attention of others in the street. They will give you a better indication of her disability and whether she poses as a real threat or not.

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