My family lives next door to a family of raccoons, a owl who keeps us up with his mating call, and a couple of possums (we live in the city, but we live right next to the city park and have a stretch of wild-ish land for about the length of two blocks behind us). Luckily, we have a Coonhound which will keep them away.
I remember when we moved in the neighbors asked if our dogs were dangerous, and they hoped they 'were nice dogs who wouldn't bother the raccoon and her babies'. My mom, as soon as she shut the door, turned to us and said 'What the heck do you expect dogs to do? These are dogs, raccoons are prey who dig through your trash, honestly!' So I get your frustration with neighbors who don't get how the pets are affected (especially with the prevalence of rabies...).
Have you considered calling animal control?
Last edited by marie73; 07-19-2011 at 10:47 PM.