Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Doggie Double Standard

Here in Tucson, you can have your rockin' loud party busted by the police. And you'll probably be looking at hundreds of dollars in fines.

But, as the late night infomercial says, that's not all. You'll also have to display a bright orange tag on the front of your house for six months. If you remove the tag before those six months are up, you'll get another fine.

Want to torture your neighbors with impunity? Don't bother with the party. Just leave your barking dog outside. If there's a neighbor complaint, you'll get a Sternly Worded Letter from animal control. And you'll get the chance to strut your BS in an optional mediation session with your neighbor.

Sound like fun? It sure is! You and your neighbor get to take time out of your busy schedules so that you can explain why you're incapable of controlling your dog's noise.

If mediation fails (as it often does), or if your neighbor isn't interested in mediating (why bother with such a pointless exercise?), the neighbor can request an barking log from animal control. How cool is that?

Every time your neighbor has his house filled with your dog's barking, he gets to record it in his official animal control log. Wow! And then he can turn it in to animal control. If animal control thinks that your neighbor has suffered enough, there's a hearing.

Uh-oh! You could get fined!

Notice a double standard? I sure do!

If I were to stand out in my yard and yell for several hours, I'd be arrested. So would you.

Which begs the question: If human noise gets immediate attention from the police, why doesn't barking dog noise? Must be due to the Doggie Double Standard.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Barking News Roundup - July 30, 2014

New law gives county teeth to stop barking dogs

Excerpt: “I can’t talk on my property. I can’t blow my nose. I can’t open an outside gate,” [the bark-bedeviled man] told Clackamas County commissioners. “I can’t stand out there and water my own backyard.”

Why not? Because, according to him, each time he does, two neighboring dogs start barking incessantly.

Dog owner fears court over barking noise complaints

Excerpt: [The clueless dog owner] was served with an abatement notice ordering her to take action to stop the nuisance barking earlier in the year, but as the complaints continued council staff visited the property next-door on three occasions in May and have compiled a report noting on the noise sending neighbours barking mad.

I rarely hear a barking dog in the UAE and long may that situation continue

Excerpt: In my old house in East London, my next door neighbour had a Jack Russell, which not only yapped at all hours of the day and night, disturbing my sleep, but burrowed under the garden fence and used my lawn as a toilet. The response from the dog owner was not repeatable.

Dispute over barking dog ends in assault, arrest

Excerpt: “The defendant said that the dog constantly barks at him and he is tired of it,” according to the documents.

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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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