After reading this entire thread, I find it funny that someone people
would resort to calling the cops or suing or attempting to kill the
dog without ever talking to this person.
Maybe she's a bit dense and doesn't realize that not everybody is
awake at 6:30 in the morning, and a kind word to her would do the
trick. In fact, I think I would give her a couple of chances
depending on her tone.
Something to the tune of "I was wondering if you could help me out.
Due to my schedule, I have to go to bed late and I wake up at 7:30am,
and much of the time your dog is outside barking and waking me up an
hour before that. I'd appreciate it if you could keep him inside
until a more reasonable hour, so I can get my much needed sleep?"
Hopefully she's apologetic and will take care of her dog. If not, I'd
warn her again, being a little more stern. I wouldn't bring the
threat of lawsuits or bringing cops into it until absolutely
necessary. Remember, you might have to live next to this person for
years, and there's no need for additional stress between neighbors
It doesn't matter if everyone is awake or not, it does not give her, or her
dog, the right to disturb the peace at any hour. I think that is the point
that everyone is trying to make. You can't reason with the dog, you have to
reason with the owner. Some owners don't care and the more you complain the
more they like it.
Therefore, police/animal control is the only answer. The only thing I don't
care for is the fact that many of those organizations are lazy asses who
won't do their job until you've complained a dozen times or more.
Yes, I advocate speaking to the owner. . . .ONCE. If that doesn't work,
then you have to use the organizations for which your tax dollars pay for.
Toss the dog a rawhide, if that works, then contact the owner and tell her,
your dog yaps and this is how to resolve the problem - even give her a few
rawhides, then let her buy them herself from that point forward.
Y'know,some people believe that if there are no complaints,then there is no
problem.(that others don't mind or don't hear the barking)
That's why you (the OP)should talk to her first,and give her a chance to
correct the problem.
Wouldn't any of you folks expect the same courtesy?
From the original message:
"She doesn't really want a "friendly" relationship with anyone on the
street. ... I know someone called the police one morning in February
because I saw the cop car in front of her house & the
dog was outside barking like crazy."
It appears the cops have been there once and the situation was not
corrected. I might also suggest that if any one neighbor was to talk to her
and then the cops showed up, she would then likely take it out on the
neighbor, even if they did not call.
I'd suggest talking with the dog's owner and explaining that you would
like to not hear the dog barking between 10 pm and 7 am (or whatever
other reasonable times you choose.) If the owner respects your
reasonable request the problem is solved.
Step 2, which will unfortunately occur in my experience, is to talk with
your local government to determine if they have an existing ordinance
that addresses noise from dogs, or noise as a public nuisance. If they
do then proceed accordingly. Where I am the first step is to contact
the animal control officer who will make contact with the owner and
explain the ordinance to them. If this is disregarded then the next
step is for you to sign a formal complaint with the city attorney who
will then start the ball rolling to compel the owner by formally citing
them and having them answer the complaint in court. You may also have
If there is no ordinance then you will need to contact an attorney who
can advise you on how to proceed. You do have a right to a night's
sleep and will get it.
It's a shame that because some people don't care for their dogs that
this sort of aggravation is created but they cause it.
OK, how about...
(Anomoyously) adopt that viscious Pit Bull they're about to put down at the
local shelter, and toss it over her fence.
You'll only hear a couple more yaps.
Then, return aforementioned Pit Bull and tell them it wasn't for you. Oh, and
it already had breakfast.
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