I have two dogs and a big back yard, and my neighbor also has two dogs. For a long time, when ever I've been playing with my dogs in the back yard, one of their dogs whines because it wants to play. Several months ago, she dug under the fence in various places along the fence line. My neighbor is lazy and did nothing to prevent it (he does not train her or even take her on walks, so naturally she wants to come over to my yard because she is bored). To remedy the digging, I put cinder blocks along most of the fence where she was digging under. It worked for a while, but then last week she managed to jump over the fence while I was playing. My two dogs were out with me, and she got in a fight with one of mine and injured her. Since then, the dog is very determined to come over now that she knows she can jump the fence. My neighbor is in denial that she is jumping, even though I have personally witnessed it two times now. I told him several times that she needs to be taken out on walks so she is not so bored. Anyways, it's gotten so bad now that I can not let my dogs out in the yard without their dog coming over. Just now, I let my male dog out and was playing fetch, and within one minute I saw their dog jump over the fence. She got in a fight with my dog, but luckily my male is a bigger and he put their dog in its place and I was then able to tie her up. My other female dog is still recovering from her injury. I am afraid to let her outside because of their dog, but she is very depressed from sitting inside.
Does anyone know what kind of legal action I can take (in California) to resolve this? Talking with him has gotten nowhere - he clearly does not care and won't listen to my suggestion to either put her on a long leash in the backyard or to keep her in the house. Am I allowed to take their dog to animal control if she comes into my yard? Can I get their dog taken away from them? I feel sorry for their dog because it's not her fault - she is bored and neglected and her owner is irresponsible. She also has behavioral issues which will only get worse. She is young still so with training she could be a great dog, but her owners are setting her up for failure. What can I do?