Contacted neighbor about dog attack on our 5-yo. This is their reply:
As we figured, their response was that their pit bull service dog is very protective of their children, and that it has a difficult time telling the difference between their girls' play noise and danger noise. That's pretty much her exact words.
She apologized twice and said they will have their girls go out the front door of the house instead of keeping the garage door open. I'll assume these dogs are kept in their laundry room, which opens into the garage. They would usually keep the garage door wide open all day when the girls are outside playing, so if the dog sneaks out too, there is nothing stopping it from running loose through the neighborhood like it did when it chased down our son in our own front yard twice.
And she mentioned that her children who witnessed all of this, never thought it was important enough to tell her. I'm thinking they were afraid of the results. Like I mentioned, we hear them beating their dogs. Who knows what they do to their kids behind closed doors. They think their children are angels, and even told my wife that this particular pit bull is their baby and angel and he could never do any wrong. They are some of the people who are always talking about how amazing pit bulls are and how they always get a bad rap. I wonder why...hmmmm...
It's a classic example of "when the cats away, the mice will play" for both the dog and the children. We are neighbors, so it's difficult to avoid them, but we don't like our children playing with theirs. It's one of those situations where the parents have no clue where their children are, and one time the police even picked up the oldest who had wandered and brought her home.
I also looked up the service dog company that is allowing this family to foster their dogs, and it made me realize that they had a foster dog in-training who died around the same time this family was keeping it. The website mentions that it was a hot summer day and the dog suddenly went into seizures. This was around the same time we heard the neighbors beating their dogs in the backyard. It's a privacy fence, so I can only hear and not see what was actually happening. I put 2 and 2 together and instantly thought (while hoping for the best and not trying to overreact) that this guy might've killed that dog, either intentionally or accidentally, probably by not getting it water or something. Can heat cause seizures in a dog that has never had health issues before? I don't know.
It's sad too, because this SD organization thinks these neighbors are worthy of a PTSD success story SD documentary. If they only knew what was really happening at this home.
We try our best to avoid them until they move. If there is any goodbye discussion before they leave, I will talk to the husband to ensure they know their dog is aggressive and should not be out in public without a muzzle, and should not be a service dog. I'm sure I'll get brushed off like I believe they are doing now. I'm not sure if the wife will even tell the husband about the attack, since she doesn't seem to be taking it too seriously now that we've told her.