It started when she was only a few months old, the kids that live behind us started throwing balls and sticks at the fence, MAKING her bark. Then, about a year after that, they called the police on us because she was barking. We got shock collars for barking, and we did everything we could, but they continued to tease and torture our dog. We began chaining her up in our yard so that she wouldn't be able to get close to the fence and bark at the neighbors. This was around a year and a half ago. Guess what they did? When we were gone for a day, they came into our yard, and cut the chain. Then they opened the fence, trying to make our dog run away. She didn't. They continued complaining to us, while yelling at our dog, and egging her on. A few months ago, we found our fence almost completely demolished. Guess who did it? Not our dog... but our neighbors. And they still blamed it all on us.
And now, we were gone for barely a week. Our dog had plenty of water and food, and she has a ton of shelter... everywhere. And while we were gone, she was VERY good. She barked hardly ever, and never escaped from the fence. There was no need to have us get sued... but... the neighbors apparently didn't like something, so they sued us. We can't even figure out WHAT our dog did!! They won't tell us.
I'm going to the vet now to get her a clean bill of health, and to update her on all her vaccinations and shots.
But... ARGH... even in our old home, it was OUR dog (a different dog than now) that got beaten (by the police none-the-less), and then we were told to get rid of our dog, or the police would shoot her. I honestly don't see what we were doing wrong! We keep our dogs in our yard, and people break the fence. We keep our dog on a chain, and they cut the chain. ARRRGH!!!!!!!!!!!