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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