So today around lunch(1:30PM), there was a kids soccer game going on in the field directly outside of my back yard, which is fine.
A ball was kicked over my fence and landed in my bushes, where it was not visible from the outside.
The yard is entirely fenced, and the gate to the back(Which is where it opens to the field) is locked from the inside. The gate at the front is latched, but not locked.
I have a Shiba Inu, who is not violent at all, but he does not like children, is territorial, and at the time was eating a bone in the yard.
Now here's where the fun starts. Despite my fiancee and I being home, an adult(either a parent or a supervisor of the kids league), unable to open the locked gate, without any notification, boosted the child(10ish) over the fence to retrieve the ball. Our dog immediately got a bit defensive(Since, you know, unknown kid in the yard while he's eating his bone), and walked towards the kid. At this time, my fiancee was going out to the back, and noticed the kid walking away from the dog. When we confronted both the kid and the adult, the kid didn't say much, and the adult used the excuse that they were just looking for their ball. We told them to get out of our yard immediately. At first the adult protested, before claiming that the kid couldn't get out, because the gate was locked. He then asked us if we found the ball to contact the league that plays there.
So far we've contacted the League and mentioned our relative displeasure
at the adult tossing a kid over a locked fence into a yard with a dog, we've contacted the city about it as well. We called the police and they said that it didn't "count" as trespassing because it happened during the day, despite the fact that in the Trespassing act it's doesn't mention anything about day/night, and that's a ridiculous
Currently all offices are closed, since it's Sunday, but we've left a bunch of messages.
So now the question:
What's the next step? Are there other places to contact? Is there a way of further dissuading trespassers than locking a fence(And preferably that doesn't involve putting up big signs that make it look like we have stuff that can be stolen). Should I be keeping some sort of record of everything that happened? We didn't get the parents name or number because we were mostly concerned about getting them the hell off of our property.
Also, if our dog had
attacked the kid while defending his yard and bone, would we have been liable? Is there a way to avoid any problems like that if people break onto our property again?
TL:DR: A guy sent a kid over our locked fence to break onto our property, putting the child at risk and breaking onto our property
. We're furious and don't want this to happen again. Is there anything we're not thinking of?