Ok, I've been very tolerant of the dogs I usually see roaming around our neighborhood in the past and usually don't make anything of it. I've now changed my mind. On Saturday a couple of Pit Bulls (could have been any breed, just happened to be Pits) wandered by my house and my fence didn't hold out. Now I've known that the fence wasn't in the best shape recently but was unaware of how bad it has gotten, since we hired someone to mow our lawn (a task I will resume next Summer since I will be out of Grad School). My dog either broke through or got dragged through the fence and got into a fight with the Pits. My wife heard the yelping and I went and checked. After a couple of neighbors showed up (one with a bat, I was armed with a Mag Lite) I managed to get one of the Pits off of my dogs throat and then the neighbors managed to separate my dog and the remaining Pit. Cops and Animal control came and took the Pits away. Luckily no humans were injured. My dog is injured although thankfully should make a full recovery (a few stitches, one drainage tube, and some antibiotics). Nothing vital was hit although most of that is probably due to the fact that she is an Akita and has thick skin/fur which protected her. I thank anyone for their sympathy for my dog but that is not the point of this thread so please let's not turn it into a pity thread. I have had plenty of support from family, neighbors, and friends and if you feel you must you can always PM me. This could have just as easily been my wife or daughter in the back yard and thankfully we were home at the time or my dog would probably not be here. I just wanted to post to help people to remember to make sure that their fences are secure and that although the stray dogs you may see look harmless you never know what could happen. I don't want anyone else to have to deal with situations like this or worse.