Well my now 8 year old GSD Cutter got put on 3 years of probation by L.A. County Animal Control. As you can see in the picture below my front yard is completely gated so he runs around guarding his territory. My 104 lb. boy is Schutzhund trained. Well when he was in his prime at 5 years old my wife was in the front yard when a neighbor started to talk to her from the other side of the fence, I don’t know if he was high or drunk but he started to curse very loudly. Me being born and raised in the Bronx I went outside to confront him, he called me out so I did, I walked out the gate went up to him and he started to throw punches at me, so I threw a few back. In my haste to get at him I forgot to close the gate and before I knew it Cutter ended the fight with a forearm take down.
I call the cops, he calls the cops, the cops come and we tell our stories. The guy was bit but not mauled as my dog was trained to do. Well now comes the fun part animal control shows up to investigate the incident, 2 of them now I tell them my story, show him Cutter’s Sch. papers and explain to them the guy was attacking me and Cutter did what he is trained to do. They told me he was out on a public street unleashed so I have some liability. They then had me bring Cutter leashed off his territory to check out his temperament which was very calm. After some discussion they decided not to take any action but put him on 3 years probation, if he attacked anyone else he would be take away and destroyed. So I have been very careful to make sure he did not get out again.