Thursday, December 20, 2012

This Week's Barking News Roundup - 12/20/12

Barking dog nets man citation

Police said the incident happened at Rolling Hill Road when [the man's bark-bedeviled neighbors] reported he allowed his dog to bark continuously in the early morning hours on Dec. 11.

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From TWBNR's Advice Column Department, we have this plea for help:

Situation: If your neighbor(s) have non-stop barking dogs because of negligence, or their idiocy because of literal ignorance, how should a good neighbor handle this? 

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Friday, December 14, 2012

This Week's Barking News Roundup - 12/14/12

Barking dog killed by trap apparently set by neighbor

Excerpt: Police have been called to the home numerous times for complaints about the dog's barking.

Troubleshooters: Barking Dog

Excerpt: Port Aransas Police reports show nearly 20 calls to the address on Whispering Sands Street for a barking dog, many of them from [the bark-beleagured neighbor]. "We would like Animal Control to come pick up the dog, put him in the Port A shelter where it is warm and he'll get a consistent meal, and then wait for the next trial date and let [the judge] make his ruling on the owner and what's supposed to happen with the dog," he told the Troubleshooters.

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From TWBNR's Advice Column Department, we have these two pleas for help. Follow the links to render assistance to these barking-addled people.

Plea #1: I have a neighbor across the street, who has two bigger dogs (I'm  not sure of the breed) who bark endlessly.  It has gotten so annoying during the summer months that I have had to shut my living room window.  I thought that with winter here, and the house locked down tight that it would become less of a nuisance, but I can still hear them bark for hours (and yes some days it is hours I have marked down the times).

Plea #2: Our neighbor (directly above us) has a dog that barks constantly at all hours, but only when the owner is home with the dog. It's become worse over the years and my wife has spoke with the neighbor on a few occasions and we've complained to the condo association about the noise - she now ignores my wife when she sees her outside. 

The Department of Shameless Self-Promotion. I was at a recent outdoor gathering where the next-door neighbor's robo-yapping dog just wouldn't shut up. I expressed my objection to the noise. Neighbor went over to her place and put the dog back in the house. And then she didn't speak to me for the rest of the gathering.

Oh, well. It was probably the first time that she ever heard anyone say anything bad about her dog's barking noise. Classic case of the Dog Owner Entitlement Mentality.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

This Week's Barking News Roundup - 12/05/12

Should the County regulate barking dogs?

Excerpt: [Two bark-bedeviled residents] appeared before the board complaining about what they described as a nuisance being created by dozens of dogs penned in a neighbor's yard.

The matter has come before the commissioners before and it has been referred to the Animal Control Committee which is considering recommending an ordinance for Board consideration dealing with dogs, and specifically dogs that disturb neighbors.

To which I say: "Considering recommending" is another way of saying that the Animal Control Committee won't do a thing. And, yes, you can comment on this article. Follow the above link and have at it.

Bothered by barking dogs? Officials offer advice for owners, weary neighbors

Excerpt: The standard procedure for barking dogs is three visits for repeated calls. On the fourth call, animal control issues a public nuisance petition to the neighborhood. The petition is signed and returned, and then a public nuisance hearing is scheduled at the shelter.

Tip: This story is open for comments. And it already has a good one. Here's an excerpt -- "We had a dog behind us who barked the whole three years we lived in our house. We called these people several times over the three years and they did nothing. We gave up and sold our house because we had no peace. We called the sheriff also, but they just passed the buck too."

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