Police: Men harass neighbor's dogs, threaten to shoot them

SEATTLE -- Two Central District residents' three-year campaign of harassment against a neighbor's dogs culminated Monday with threats to shoot the animals and beat up their owner, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Officers were called to a residence in the 1100 block of 21st Avenue South around 5:15 p.m. for reports of two men armed with metal bars threatening a neighbor.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim has had ongoing issues with the suspects, mostly relating to his dogs. He told officers the suspects would often rattle his gate, agitating the dogs and making them bark, and would then threaten to harm the dogs if the animals came near them.

On Monday evening, the victim's wife was walking the dogs when the suspects approached her. According to the report, one of the suspects told her he was going to shoot the dogs.

She felt scared and went home to tell the victim about the incident, and the victim went to talk to the suspects about it.

According to the report, the victim went outside only to be confronted by the suspects, who were armed with metal bars, yelling about harming the dogs and acting like they were preparing to fight the victim.

The victim started filming the suspects with his phone, and one of the suspects told the victim he was going to beat him up, according to the report.

That's when the victim went back inside to call 911.

Officers arrived and, after watching the victim's cellphone footage, went to talk to the suspects. According to the report, the suspects refused to come to the door despite a neighbor being able to see both of them inside their residence.

Officers left the scene after advising the victim to seek an anti-harassment order against the suspects, and the case has been referred to the City Attorney's Office.