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Q: Neighbor has 10 dogs that won't stop barking

February 19, 2009 | By Trippm | 18 answers | Expired: 2092 days ago

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.
Thank you.

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Elizabeth  M.
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Feb 20, 2009

It sounds like there is some abuse going on and I would report the family to your town's animal control officers. They may be able to offer some suggestions on how to treat these animal properly and if after a few warnings then the aco's might be able to take action.

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Tammy C.
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Feb 19, 2009

I agree with Tamara. I also have seven dogs and when they start barking I immediately call them in. I believe responsible owner do not allow their dogs to bark continuosly. I have never had a neighbor complain. Andevery person in my town always stops when they see me out to tell me how they can not get over how many animals I have. And they would never had known if they did not see them out because they never really here them. When other people in town live their dogs tied out barking all day or night. Also if you think she is not careing for her animals properly call and report it.

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Shirley C.
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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.

Good luck!

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Peg L.
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Feb 19, 2009

Is there a local humane society that you can turn to for help? Sounds like there may be a neglect situation if the dogs are out in the cold.

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TAMARA (TEDDI) D.
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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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Ladyd
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Feb 19, 2009

Keep calling the police.

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Diana L.
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Feb 19, 2009

Search and find what the ordinance is and make sure that they are enforcing the ordinance. Try to have a conversation with your neighbor with your concerns.

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Logan
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Feb 19, 2009

Maybe you should go over and talk to them and try to work things out.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Feb 19, 2009

PETITION! no doubt about it!

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Sandy L.
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Feb 19, 2009

i agree with the other member, start a petition, or try to speak with the neighbor and go to your local government officials and get them involved. good luck

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