How "tremendously busy" is any public agency in a rural county in the state of Delaware?<quoted text>
I was trying to stay away from this one just because it was sounding improbable. However, from a health and safety standpoint there is a dif between a vest/harness for keeping a child safe and a dog collar and leash. The collar is accompanied by choking issues--exacerbated by the trailing leash, which could get caught in something.
But, here's why I find the whole thing improbable. The busybody would need a name and some contact info to make an actionable report. Maybe your town is small enough that everyone knows you--but, that's a first question mark. Maybe it was one of the child care employees, but then, they were there also and you said the kid had it on inside, so that would kinda rule them out. And other parents would probably report the center as well.
Next, if a report were attempted, one of the first questions typically asked is "what is happening right now"? In other words, if you saw some out of control parent screaming bloody murder at their kid in the grocery store--even if you have a name and address--by the time that CPS has someone there to investigate they are going to be looking at nothing. They might also ask if there are bruises or scarring or some kind of injury. That is evidence.
And finally, those folks don't generally invite suspected violaters to drop by for a visit. They like to drop in on YOU--gives them a chance to have a look-see around, dontcha know.
It's just a bit harder than you might think for "busybodies" to get the attention of CPS. They tend to be enormously busy folks.
And haven't you heard of license plates?