I presume this is the correct place to post this one.
Here is some background.
The last dog my wife and I had was an excellent old girl. She never barked in the house unless someone was in the yard after dark. She never barked at anyone while outside unless they came through the gate (exception being the deliveries).
Anyhow, there is a rental house on the corner that was a "Underground Railroad" for illegals. There were constantly kids (ages 3-14 - I kid you not, a toddler walking the block unattended) out roaming the block and starting hazing the dog. It got worse, she started barking at them, and any kid that walked by. The hazing got worse and they started throwing rocks at her (almost lost an ear on that one) and trying to poke her with sticks through the fence.
I talked to the kids, I yelled at the kids, and the last time I caught one of them trying to stab her with a stick I called the local PD (non-emergency line) to report it.
When the officers showed up I asked them what my options were. I explained the happenings and expressed my slight concern that the dog was going to hit a breaking point and bite one of the stupid little reaching over the fence, and the joyous little lawsuit to follow, and losing every thing we have for the lack of respect on the kids part.
There response was..."There is nothing we can do, or will do. You can document all you want, have video, and if it does happen, you will still be sued and probably loose."
Since then Harley has passed away, and we have a new pup, who we are trying to train to not bark at anything unless they are inside the gate. Now we a new set of kids on the block who have made it a point to antagonize her. First it was one riding the skateboard down the sidewalk to our gate, she come around the house barking, then walks back up the sidewalk to do it all over again.
I went out when I finally witnessed it, "I don't know what you did to my dog, or why she does not like you, so please, do not ride your skateboard or walk past our house, use the other side of the street." That lasted 1 day.
Now there are two of them and they are both doing the same thing, and when they are not skateboarding, they are carrying around broken off 1x1s about 3 feet long, and make a trip by the house about 15 times a day. I have watched them when the dog is outside waiting for one of them to do something other than "walk by". These are the only ones that I do not go out to stop her from barking, I want her to know that I agree that these kids are a problem and to be aware of them.
What gets me is that one of them has a dog of their own. They know I am at them about this, and they stare at the windows and doors when they walk by to see if I am at the door or watching them through the window.
I am going to get a camera mounted on the front of the house, and have pondered waiting for them to actually do something (it's gonna happen, this has been going on for a month now) and taking the video to the parents and telling them "This stops NOW." or "If this happens again, I am pressing animal cruelty charges and calling social services since you have no regard for your kids whereabouts and activities" and let the parents figure out what I meant by that since the police have already established they will not do anything.
Suggestions anyone? I am not going to leash the dog in the back yard. Our property, our fenced yard, her territory, and she is doing her job.
BTW, this is reason #18 why I hate kids, and #56 why I do not have any.