There's this dog around my neighborhood, he's always offleash laying around in the front yard. He's a very large black dog. When people (kids, parents with strollers, everyone) walk by the side walk the dog acts very alert and stands and seems like he's up to something. He really focuses on the people walking by. People are always acared of him and walks on the other side of the road. I've never seen him attack anyone but that is so disturbing that he walks off his property onto the side walk to follow ppl for a short distance!
It's not an option to walk up to the house to talk to the owners. First because it's too dangerous; 2nd the house is obviously rented house to a group of young guys that do not care about the house (the yard of the house is like a garbage dump).
bbkoo, I know this may sound stupid, but are you just scared of him because he's a big black dog, and comes off the property following people? What is he doing when he walks off the property? Is his tail wagging slowly? My opinion, although I fully realize the dog should be contained, is that perhaps he's ignored, and wants attention. If he's been loose all this time, and has not so much as growled, I would wonder about him being a danger. I would go over to the house, and warn the scruffy crowd, myself, but I would go with a treat or 5 in my pocket. What's going to happen is, the nimrods across the street are just going to chain him up. What kind of physical shape is the dog in? Have you seen any signs of aggression in the dog, hair raised, teeth bared, growling or barking, head down?
To Pen2; nope hee does not show the signs of aggression and he's in very good shape. However, even if i know he's not a danger, he's still posing threat to all the other people, and that is unacceptable. He walks off his property and slowly follows people, how would i know he's he's going to run and bite? These are all the things to be considered. Not everyone on the street are dog lovers and know the body language of dogs, and i don't think anyone would want to risk a leg walking up to him to give him a treat.
Maybe I have a weird sense of logic, but I lean more towards the dog being in danger. I would call the owners, and ask them politely to put the dog in the back yard if there is one. If that's not possible then phone a rescue. Most black adult dogs, unless brought to a no-kill shelter, are the last ones to be adopted. If they end up in a shelter that euthanizes dogs, the black dogs are very often put to sleep because nobody wants a black dog. I hope whatever you do it works out well for this dog, and that everyone stays safe.