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Verbally Aggressive Neighbor - Legal / Official Options?
My wife is nearly recovered from PTSD stemming from an assault in our home while we lived in Ireland. She has Fibromyalgia, and has difficulty walking down the street some days. She often uses a wheelchair to get around the store because the walking is too much.
I have a large white Akita, whom I walk two or three times a day because he's allergic to the weeds in our backyard. I unfailingly clean up after the Akita, in view of anyone who happens to look. The Akita sheds huge clumps of white fur twice a year, and I brush him outside in my yard, where the wind will blow it away and the birds can make nests from it. When he's blowing his coat, I can pull handsfull of hair off him, and I often do this while I'm walking him.
My next-door neighbor uses her hose to spray off her driveway after mowing the lawn, and during mandatory water restrictions this is illegal - you may only water on two specific days per week, and may not spray water or even set your sprinkler to spray water on concrete surfaces. Two years ago I reported the neighbor to the police for this, and she was probably fined several hundred dollars.
The neighbor is convinced that I let my dog poop in her yard. She came to my house while I wasn't home and yelled at my 13yr old son, then fled before my wife could get to the door. I do not leave the dog poop in anyone's yard. My wife went outside to confront her about screaming at the kids and the neighbor was furious about white hair in her yard, claimed we were lying about the dog poop, and threatened to call the police if she ever found any more. She called my wife a "fat-ass bitch" for not cleaning up the dog hair, and said she was the laziest person the neighbor has ever seen. She brought up the water restriction violation as proof of what a bastard I am.
1) Are these empty threats? Can you call the police about dog poop in your yard?
2) Is there any legal way to prevent this woman from coming to my front door again? My wife's PTSD trigger is directly related to people coming to the front door and threatening things. Will a posted No Trespassing sign and a written warning not to come onto the property again suffice? Having her feel safe in our home is extremely important to her mental well-being.