I'm knida at a loss for what to do and hoping for some advise.
About 3 weeks ago my son said he seen someone walking through the back yard. While this is kinda odd because my back yard has 6 foot privacy fencing on 3 sides, I didn't get too excited because our property does butt up to a public bike trail and there was nothing amiss in the yard. No tools were missing from the unlocked shed and the gate was latched etc.
One night about a week ago while I was at work my wife kept hearing something outside and the dogs were barking. She turned on the outside lights but never seen anything. This lasted long enough and was bad enough that, although she isn't particularly fond of guns, got out her pistol. It was a particularly windy night and nothing was ever seen so she chalked it up to wind noise.
Sunday night I thought I heard something in the middle of the night so I actually got up, grabbed my shotgun and flashlight, searched the house and the yard but nothing was there.
Now in the last 3 days I have had 2 animals die that were not sick or showing any signs of poor health prior to their death. Monday one of the goats was dead in his pen when my son went out to feed them before school. The goat was about 8 years old and there were no outward signs of foul play that I seen. Last night, we let the dogs out and my 5 year old German Shepard didn't come back in when we let the other 2 in. She will occasionally jump the chain link in the front and come to the front door if we leave her out too long but they had only been out about 15-20 min. We looked out front and she wasn't there. After calling her for about 30 min. I drove up and down the roads and searched the neighborhood for her for about 2 hours without success. Well, at about 5:30 this morning we let the other 2 dogs out and the patio table was laying on it's side. My wife went out to pick it up and the dog was on the other side of it dead. She had a small amount of blood from her mouth but otherwise didn't look like she was injured and she had not shown any signs of illness or injury before we let her out.
I am putting up more security lights today, and we have warned the kids to keep all windows and door locked but we always keep the house pretty secure. Should we call the Sheriff and make a report and if so what do we report? We haven't actually seen anything other than my son thought he seen someone walking through the yard but couldn't give a description. I'm really starting to think someone is staking out my house. It's not a flashy house and we don't have anything that we have money. I did work in a prison for 3 years and have angered a few junkies working in the ER, but I don't know who would be doing anything like this. How should I proceed?