I am SO bloody angry for you right now !!!! I want to give that woman and the PD a piece of my mind !! Get some pepper spray or mace, spray any dog right in the ******* eyes if it gets that close to you.
Bullshit you have to walk a route devoid of loose dogs, who's in charge here, people or animals ! Makes my blood boil, this is dangerous, how would that dog react to a small child - probably very differently compared to an adult !
Can you lodge a formal police complaint, detailing your concerns for children in the neighborhood ? I know that it wont do anything, but it will make you feel better. I have done this with a problem dog in our neighbourhood - posted a letter to the owner with my name if they wanted to discuss. I said that if I saw their dog out unattended again I would call Animal Control and the Police. Here we have strict leash laws so that helps and the PD are obliged to do respond. I told the owners that neighbours were scared for themselves and their children - so fix it.
Oh Gail, I hope that today is a better day for you. Sometimes there is just too much happening all at the same time ... deep breathe, this too shall pass.
Gentle hugs ...