KINGWOOD, Texas -- For John Shifferd of Kingwood, the headaches started months ago when the dogs next door clawed their way into his yard.
He said they were vicious and aggressive and that they kept coming back.
“A couple of the pit bulls tried to come through the back door after I went in,” Shifferd said.
He no longer lets his grandchildren play in the backyard.
When he called 911, he said an operator told him to call Animal Control. When he called them, they said to call back at a more convenient time. He later left a message.
Finally at wit’s end and acting on the advice of his HOA, he called the constable's office. A deputy came to his home to inspect.
“He said there wasn’t much we could do except shoot the dogs if they come into the yard,” Shifferd said.
It led him to wonder who would even remove the carcasses if he did. He said he hopes it does not come to that.
“I might not be a very good shot,” Shifferd said.
No one answered the door at the neighbor’s home on Upper Lake Drive when 11 News went to get their side of the story.
The Shifferds, meantime, just hope their fence will hold. They are worried the dogs will attack, like the ones that squeezed through a fence last month and allegedly killed an elderly man at his home in Katy.
“You know, once something happens they’ll say, ‘Hey, why didn’t you tell anybody,’” Shifferd said.