If you have your hands full with a wheel barrow, put your dogs away first. The bigger ones are not old enough to be reliable 100% of the time, and I don't know about the little ones.
I know you're angry with their response, but it really is entirely your fault. Your dogs got out, and they could have been killed or worse. Little dogs can bite. And 6 month old GSDs seem pretty big to people. If you anger people, your dogs may suffer from what they may say about them or do. I don't thing slinging F-bombs would be how I would've handled it. Remember that that guy felt his family threatened as well.
If you have 4 dogs running at large do you get 4 tickets?
Some children are terrified of dogs. I think the situation escalated when you heard attacked, and that was demoted to scared. Then you were furious because the two are different. They are not that different though, considering the dogs were in their yard and perfectly capable of attacking.
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