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What should I do about this dog (details inside)

I have been terrorized by an unknown dog around my area. I have been chased by that dog on my way back home three times so far. Last night was the most intense chase and I just narrowly escaped being bitten by the dog. Since the attacks are always unexpected and the dog always chased me from behind where I couldn’t see it, the first two times I was under the impression that maybe it was some sort of misunderstanding or the dog was just being overly friendly. Last night though, after my narrow escape, I’m convinced that the dog is out there to get me. I’ve personally witnessed it attempt to attack another person too.

Here is a roughly drawn map of how the incident happening last night. As you can see, I was just too far away from the dog’s “territory” to pose any real threat to it. I wasn’t even aware it was there. And all the while it was chasing me it was barking loudly like a police dog running toward a criminal.

I know very little about that dog, but here are what I know:
– The dog seems to be active between 9 p.m to 10 p.m. It can be a problem for me since it’s often the time when I get home from work. I don’t know the dog’s schedule because it can go for days without showing up then just appears one day without warning last night’s incident was months apart from the second time I was chased. But when it does show up, it’s always around this hour.
– The dog always attacks unexpectedly and from behind, and always barks loudly while doing so. So whenever it attacks, I’m always thrown in panic mode because I don’t know what is coming to me, where it is coming from and what I can do to defend myself. I’m always on my motorcycle too so it’s another disadvantage right there.
– The dog is so good at stealth attack that last night was the first time I ever got to see its face in its entirely. And even then it was only a passing glance. I think it’s a medium-side built dog with brownish orange long fur. I think it looks like a corgi but with longer fur.
– I think the dog’s “territory” is the one marked in the drawing, but it can appear anywhere. Once I was chased while near my home. I ran away and slowly got back, then I took a peek from far away only to find the dog sitting right outside my door! And last night I was chased by it while on the other side of the road. The dog is just so unpredictable and I’m not even sure if it attacks to protect any territory.
– I don’t know who the owner of the dog is, but I would guess the owner isn’t very far away from the marked area in the drawing. That is, if it has an owner at all. I don’t even know if it has an owner in the first place. Whenever I get chased the road is always deserted without any sign of another human around. In case the dog has an owner, they must really like to let it roam unsupervised. And they either have no idea the dog is causing havoc around, or they just don’t care.

I think my parents are considering reporting the incident to the head of the area, but I want to know what I can personally do to stop this from happening again. It just frustrates me so much that I have to live in fear around my own place just because of a random dog. The matter is also complicated by the fact that some people around the dog’s area aren’t the best people around. There was an incident a long time ago when rocks were flying around because of an argument around a dog.

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