To call or not to call?
January 13, 2009 8:09pm CST
I have an ongoing problem and I need some advice. If you had a neighbor with noisy dogs that were a constant problem, especially at night, would you call bylaw? I have two daughters and their room faces the back ally where unfortunately there are two very noisy dogs. These two dogs bark every time that they get let out and it's not just for a few seconds, they go on and on. Sometimes the dogs even attack eachother so I am concerned. I don't want them to be put down and I am afraid that will happen if I call at the same time I don't know what else to do, that's where you come in. Would you call? What else would you suggest? I know that dogs communicate through their barking and once in a while it's okay. I am an animal lover and I have a dog as well, he barks when someone gets too close to the house or car but other than that he is very well behaved. I also make certain that I bring my dog in when these dogs are outside because they get him too excite. I feel bad for the dogs because whenever their owner comes out to get them he yells and swears at them, it makes me wonder if maybe there are being abused. I hope that someone can give me some advice as I'm not sure what to do anymore.
• United States
14 Jan 09
I would talk to my neighbor but if he is as you describe, it probably won't do any good. If there is't any response and they keep barking, I'd definitely call the police. After all, your children are your first concern. If there is abuse there, call the ASPCA (Humane Society) Dogs don't bark constantly unless there is a problem.
• Marion, Kansas
14 Jan 09
As an animal lover and a responsible pet owner, you are caring for your dog. Have you talked to the neighbor about the noisy dogs? Is it possible they could be let out less often at late night, sleeping hours. I do not know if they would automatically be put down if you call on them. The owner might be given a ticket. Your family deserves some peace and quiet.
14 Jan 09
Thanks, no I haven't talked to them, if you could see them you wouldn't want to talk to them, they are kinda scary. I know that sounds silly but they just seem like the kind of people you don't want to bug. I might just have to call and find out what would happen if I complain.
• United States
19 Jan 09
As scary as the neighbors are, I would start there. I would ask politely that they calm down the dogs or even apply a bark collar (which I hate)or you will have to call the police. If they tell you to mind your own business then let them know if it happens again you will have to report it. The police will respond and after a couple times they will ticket. Last year, a neighbor received an anonymous letter in his mail box and went door to door to ask about his dogs barking and if it bothered anyone. He was looking for the person and was mad. Personally I loved the dogs (two large german sheperds) and they only barked when someone was in the back yard. The house behind me, to the side of me,and this guys yard, all meet in one corner out back. I liked the fact that I knew someone was out back when they barked, but evidently someone else did not. He never found out who the person was. Maybe try to talk to the dogs and give them a treat when you see them so they will associate seeing you with being quiet in order to get a treat? The German Shepherds knew when they saw me I had pigs ears or bones or something for my "guard" dogs. I was sad when the owner moved and took them with him!! You might call your local Peta chapter...they are worse than any police could be! The people associated with Peta in my town visit the humane society to make sure the animals there are taken care of there. I can imagine them on an owner that swears and screams at their dogs!