Q: Neighbor has 10 dogs that won't stop barking
Our neighbor was hoading dogs and the dog officer gave her a kennel license for 10 dogs. We live in a neighborhood of 25 people. We have went to the selectmen and the only thing they have done is tell the neighbor she needs to put the dogs in after 10 minutes of barking. She keeps two dogs in a kennel with shelter being a 3 season porch. The dogs who is out in the freezing temperatures of below 25 degrees We don't know if their is shelter for the dogs in the porch. She also Yorkshire Terriers in the house which is doesn't take out in the winter. The dogs bark all the time. This has been going on for 4 years. We have 3 dogs but are house dogs and don't leave them in a kennel to bark. Our dogs are treated like gold. She went onto Zoo too and put all 10 dogs on the site 2 years ago that is how I found out she had 10 dogs. We need help.
Feb 19, 2009
I live in a country neighborhood and have 10 dogs. I understand your point. So I will speak from the other side of this. I feel it is my obligation to not have my dogs infringe on the rights of others. When I decided to have that many dogs I had already looked into and received a work at home position so that I could be home and monitor the dogs. This way they would not be barking non stop. Also I know we have noise ordinances. If my dogs bark excessively before and after a certain time I can be reported and be fined. Also my neighbors can complain about about the noise duing the day and I can be fined. I think if you want that many dogs you need to be able to take care of them properly. All my dogs are "in the house" dogs. When they are outside on our 10 acres they are monitored. If they bark we go out there immediately and bring them in. I think if you suspect abuse, neglect, or the noise is offending you I would first speak with the owner. If that does not work or is not possible I think the person needs to be reported and animal services needs to go to the house and review the conditions in which they are being raised. If it is deplorable they should do something about it. You are well within your rights to question and also ask for the owner to be couteous to her neighbors and a responsible pet owner.
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Feb 19, 2009
I sympathize with your plight. I've had neighbors with barking dogs several times over the years and it is very annoying, even though I love dogs. We use a technique in the shelter where we use a clicker to mark quiet behavior and then give a treat to reward the behavior. You might be able to do this if the dogs come up to the fence.
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