Friday, April 18, 2014

This Month's Barking News Roundup - 4/18/14

As we head into Easter Weekend, I'd like to dedicate this post to my boneheaded neighbors. The ones who made a certain Easter morning unforgettable by letting their yappy little noise-bomber out at 4:45 a.m. To this day, I remain baffled as to how you could have slept through the racket. I sure didn't.

From the "Well, duh!" department, we have this news story:

Barking dogs can take bite out of neighborly relationships

Then there's the case of the apologizing dog owner. But the dogs are still barking...

Dog owner apologizes for barking complaints

Unfortunately, the battle against barking can take decades. Look at this guy's story:

The lone howling of a crusader against dog barking

Unlike the barking dogs, the trains are doing something useful...

Haverstraw woman lives by tracks, but it's the barking she can't stand

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Friday, February 28, 2014

This Month's Barking News Roundup - 2/28/14

Woman takes court action over ‘barking’ dogs

Excerpt: [The judge] said he accepted the evidence of [the plaintiff] saying: “It is unacceptable to have to live with constant and incessant barking”.

Thank you, Your Honor, for respecting the plaintiff's right to the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of her living space. Perhaps the Dog Owner Entitlement Mentality is starting to recede.

Bluefield, Va., Town Council looks at revamping barking dog ordinance

Excerpt: The town has had issues in the past when people are not controlling their dogs. Instead of urging residents to speak between themselves, the revised ordinance would call on them to contact the town or the police.

Hold the phone! Here's a jurisdiction that has realized how futile the "talk to your dog-owning neighbor" approach really is. People have been killed for doing that.

Barking dogs frustrate Clark County neighbors

Excerpt: “Clark County Animal Control will not enforce the law,” [the bark-beleagured neighbor] said, even though the noise seems to break nuisance and noise violation laws.

That's why so many of us think that Animal Control is an oxymoron. Run by morons.

Barking dog leads to Deadwood drug bust

Excerpt: The dog was left last Saturday night... and barked for three hours before guest complaints led to a call to Deadwood police, according to court documents.

Which confirms what a lot of us have suspected for years: The owners of barking dogs aren't the most law-abiding of people.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

This Month's Barking News Roundup - 1/22/14

From the Teaching Dogs to Tell Time Department, we have these two news items:

In canine crackdown, Assembly takes aim at barking dogs

Five-minute time limit on barking outbursts in Anchorage, Alaska. But the Hawaiian Island of Kauai's government says that 10 minutes is enough. Has anyone ever taught a dog to tell time?

From the Fed-up File, we have:
  1. Woman stabbed over barking dog at Lackland AFB
  2. Barking chihuahuas cause concern for Lebanon resident
And how about some long-awaited relief? Here ya go:

Judge bars Island family from keeping howling, barking dogs

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

This Month's Barking News Roundup - 11/12/13

Starting this Roundup with a couple of recent dog shootings. From Canada, we have a report of people trying to sleep during the wee hours of a Sunday morning. And someone getting fed up with the noise.

From the suburbs of Detroit, there was the pit bull left in the care of an elderly man with dementia. Its owner had gone to work. Dog was left outside to roam the neighborhood, a barkathon ensued, and noise-weary neighbors called the police. Dog charged at the officers, who responded with deadly force.

A WXYZ-TV report on the incident said, "The Saint Clair Shores Police Chief didn’t want to go on camera, but said police worked for hours to catch the dog with a dog stick.  He says they only shot when they felt the dog posed a danger to them – and kids out on their way to school.  He says neighbors reported the dog running at people in the neighborhood earlier in the morning."

Moral of the Story: If you allow a dog to run loose and threaten your neighbors, don't be surprised if one of them calls the police. Who are armed.

And lest you think that barking and crime don't have a connection, there's this from Virginia:

Complaint about barking dogs in Alexandria leads to dog-fighting arrest

To which I say: Too bad those crooks couldn't teach their dogs to fight quietly.

And how about this story from New York? Tip: If you're on the lam, it's best to keep quiet. And train your dog to do the same.

And, finally, from The Washington Post, we have this advice: Neglectful neighbor shouldn’t have pets. Agreed. And remember, it's okay to be pet-free.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This Week's Barking News Roundup - 11/12/13

Family: Man who killed 4 in Ariz. had own demons

Excerpt: Authorities and neighbors speculate that the incessant noise of barking dogs possibly drove him to kill.

Demons notwithstanding, the man was subjected to uncontrolled barking. No one should have to suffer through that. He tried to get the noise stopped. Including "advising people of pet ordinances and fines." This is what authorities keep telling us to do: Talk to the neighbors. Fat lotta good that did.

Tent city proposed to ease dog overcrowding

Excerpt: A tent city, built with taxpayer money, will go to the dogs next year.

I pity the nearby neighbors. Because tents won't stop barking noise from pouring into their living spaces. BTW, the county board of supervisors unanimously approved this project.

Morris: Are barking dogs causing trouble or unfairly being blamed?

Excerpt: One of my neighbors mentioned the barking was so bad that it's had a negative effect upon his blood pressure and health.

The article writer's advice is full of platitudes like "Dogs bark. That's what they do." Call it the Dog Owner Entitlement Mentality.

But the online commentariat isn't buying it. Here's a comment excerpt:

This may be some of the worst advice ever given. NO, people do not have a right to put their dogs outside to bark all day (let alone all night) long. It disturbs the quiet of the neighborhood. Dogs may bark. But it's the responsibility of the dog owner to keep a constantly barking dog indoors by whatever means necessary, or the dog goes. Too many dog owners allow their dogs to bark all day or night, or run unleashed. It creates enormous tension, enormous ill will. If your dog belongs to you, then take responsibility. We don't want to hear it.

And, no. Your dog is not your child. If your child stood on the front porch and barked for 8-10 straight hours at the top of his lungs, you'd be arrested.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

This Week's Barking News Roundup - 10/25/13

Should dog barking really be a punishable crime?

Excerpt: [A]nimal control in League City says that her "children" are breaking the law by barking too loud!

To which I say: The dog owner needs to grow up. For one thing, her dogs are NOT children. They're dogs. Always have been. Always will be.

For another thing, dog ownership is a privilege, not a right. As part of this privilege, a dog owner must manage his/her dogs so that they are not a nuisance to others. That includes keeping the barking noise from becoming a public disturbance.

Can't handle these responsibilities? Then don't have a dog. It's that simple.

Barking dogs just beginning of the problem

Excerpt: I ask you then, if a dog barks loudly and obnoxiously for a few minutes at 2:30 a.m. and wakes up the neighborhood, is that a valid complaint that should trigger a violation? According to animal control, the answer is, probably not. I was told there should be “tolerance” on my part, and it seems like they make the decision as to what is tolerable.

To which I say: As long as animal control is funded by taxpaying humans, then humans should come first.

Fines for dog barking low in Brisbane City despite thousands of complaints

Excerpt: BARKING dogs are driving thousands of complaints across Brisbane but just three infringement notices have been issued last financial year by Brisbane City Council.

Woman faces losing barking dog

Excerpt: Three nearby neighbours have complained to council saying the dog barks for more than 30 minutes at a time between midnight and 5.30am, causing disruption to their sleep.

I’m Calling About a Barking Dog

Excerpt: In those dark predawn hours the delicate stillness of our treasured sanctuary would often be replaced by the shrill continual barking of a small dog, quickly followed by an angry chorus of shouts and threats by abruptly awakened neighbors. This boisterous interchange between man and dog would continue for upward of 45 nerve-shattering minutes.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This Week's Barking News Roundup - 10/08/13

Barking dog is stabbed in Hialeah; suspect under arrest

Excerpt: As [the stabber] passed by, [the barker] tried to jump the fence several times. She barked. And barked some more.

And she probably barks and barks and barks and barks all day and all night. Must be fun to live in that neighborhood.

Barking dog leads to man threatened with gun outside Flint home

Excerpt: A man was threatened with a gun after two other men standing in his driveway told him to keep his dog quiet, according to a police report.

No word on whether this dog owner got the hint and, y'know, kept the barker quiet.

Barking dogs get a temporary reprieve

Excerpt: Under the proposed ordinance, complaints of excessive dog barking – a continuous period of 30 minutes or more – could be reported to the county constable's office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Justice of the Peace courts would have jurisdiction over violations. Fines would be from $25 to $75 for a first offense up to as much as $300 for multiple offenses.

Coming up next: Dogs learn how to tell time!

Dog-lover fined and told to part company with more of his 10 barking dogs

Excerpt: He had already pleaded guilty to an earlier breach, which occurred in February.

Let me guess: This guy hasn't the first clue about how to get along with people. So, he surrounds himself with dogs and can't imagine why anyone would have a problem with them.

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