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Old 10-08-2010, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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If possibly worth pursuing, I would not count on the police to resolve this matter. With much experience you are likely to discover how worthless they are in such matters, or how little they care.
This is exactly the opposite of what neighbors have experienced in my neighborhood. We had multiple chronic barking dogs and at an HOA meeting our community action police officer (phoenix) was present. His advise was to create a log of the barking and to call and report the incidences. Multiple residents did exactly this and the situation was taken care of promptly. The office even gave everyone his direct line and encouraged us to call him as well. He cared very much and has done a great job.
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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Let me start by saying I am a dog lover. I am a dog owner, in fact. I am the kind of dog owner that actually TAKES my dog to the dog park, and walks him and let's him INSIDE the house..Apparently my neighbors are not.

I moved here to Gilbert about 4 months back. First night here I did not sleep one wink for the literal "kennel" in the neighborhood. There were at least 5 dogs barking all night. I called the police, put in ear plugs, tried a sound machine AND fan..no good-did not sleep a wink. Not a good start to my new home.

The next day I realized it is not just a night thing. People in this neighborhood leave their dogs outside ALL day and ALL night and they just bark. I don't understand how they and/or their neighbors stand it. Do people here never open their windows let alone like a SECOND of quiet?? It is driving me batty. I am not sleeping, and I am stressed ALL the time. I should mention my husband works from home and this has caused some major issues for him.

Over the following few months I have continued to call the police, leave notes, knock on doors (I tried this first thinking maybe if I asked nicely??). I was told by one neighbor that if I ever came back to their house I would be sorry and they would press charges. I even put out a sonic bark machine..and the main barking culprit STOLE it off my wall. I have no proof of this but it was just gone one day and not in my yard or theirs (and there is no where else it could fall). The police can do nothing but ask them to do something about it. The only next steps I have are to find a neighbor to press formal charges and then you must spend the following weeks (they have six to eight weeks to respond to the charge) tracking the barking and documenting, etc and then you and the other neighbor must take them to court. At this point the judge still may find in their favor. What I am saying here is that I have NO JUSTICE. They can just continue to get away with making everyone miserable listening to their dog bark NON STOP.

One neighbor with a barking dog moved away(that was nice), and others have made a serious effort, but three remain. Two dogs are owned by one and one by another.

I am at my wits end. I get woken anywhere from 4-5AM every day.. I feel like I have tried everything..Any suggestions (Do not recommend any harm to the dog please, it is not the dog's fault. It is the fault of the irresponsible dog owner).

Thank you.
I live in Phoenix, which has an actual dog barking ordinance. But, to get the city to do anything about it, you have to get nieghbors to be a witness for you, that, yes, the neighbor's dogs bark all night long. I have some pretty - lax shall we say - neighbors who don't want to get involved in anything, so I started taking videos of the dogs barking at various hours of the night. THen, I sent the neighbor a letter stating that the dogs are keeping me up all night long (how THEY could stand all that noise, I'll never know) and please do something about it. Nothing. After calling the police several times and nothing happening, I started spraying their dogs with water. See if I could at least get them away from the fence, let them bark on the OTHER side of their house. That did nothing but make them want to play AND bark.

This went on for months. I had never had a problem until they bought a Rottweiler puppy that barked and barked and got the other dog they already had to barking as well. I tried using ear plugs and running a box fan as "white" noise at night. It helped - a little - but basically, I was getting no sleep.

I had enough. If the police weren't going to do anything about it and the city was going to make it next to impossible to do anything about it, I was going to do something. I bought a HUGE boom box. I found a radio station playing grotesque music. I mean, I don't know how ANYONE can like that stuff. I put it out on the side of my house one night on a chair, aimed directly at the neighbor's windows - after their dogs started barking again. I left it on all night long at the loudest setting it could go. I went to bed and thought nothing of it - excepting of course they could have called the police on me for noise nuisance, at that point I didn't care. I was a walking zombie for lack of sleep. Police wanted to mess with me, I would point the finger right back at the neighbor's.

Well, as far as I know, the police were either never called or never bothered with me, who knows, my bedroom is 75 feet away from the front door, they would have had to make a LOT of noise for me to even hear them at the front door. I never knew, really, it is still kind of a wonder whether those people did or did not call the police on me. Regardless, the next day, they were out there, putting up a fence in their yard.

They were following my suit. You see, I have 4 dogs. 2 of them are Great Danes. When they bark, the world can hear it. I don't leave my dogs out at night, they sleep on their own bed in my bedroom. When the problem first started, my dogs were 'fence-fighting' with their dogs. I didn't want that kind of thing going on, so I split my side yards in half, so to speak, with a 4 foot chain link fence. This was for daytime stuff - I was at work and they were going at it all day long. I fenced them well away from that neighbor's fence and that issue was taken care of. I wasn't asked by anyone to do it, either, it's the only reasonable, respectful thing to do. But, many people are neither reasonable or respectful. They don't care about anyone else but their own little existences.

They put up that fence and the issue was - pretty much - dealt with. The Rottweiler is totally ignored by it's owners, it actually only wants attention. It occasionally tears down the fence and then I have to deal with the noise again. If it goes on too long (like days), I pull out the boom box again. Usually it takes about 10 minutes of THAT kind of noise before they are out there repairing the fence.

I really kind of hated to have to go to that extreme to get them to take care of their dogs, but - when you lose enough sleep over a long enough period of time, well, you will understand where I'm coming from.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:01 PM
 
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Many people in the area have barking dog neighbor problems like this. Be glad that you have the choice to move if you want. Many people who have decided to buy, find out the hard lesson not only on in-progress falling values, but also on being trapped for years with a neighbor's dog nightmare they cannot solve.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:41 AM
 
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I object to the "doggie lovers" who think they have the right to harass us with constant barking. We do NOT love their doggies and we DO deserve peace and quiet. In Lago Estancia, dogs are barking day and night constantly. No one can walk by on public sidewalks or common property, and the dogs bark, growl, etc. In this case, there are FOUR large, stir crazy dogs that moved in from Show Low Arizona in January, turning the neighborhood from quiet to chaos. But the police require two or more complaints from different households and the people filing the complaint must be willing to appear in court, or they refuse to take the complaint for 6.2. I do not know any neighbors, and I do not wish to introduce myself to strangers for the purpose of getting someone to join me in the complaint. So if the police get tired of coming out, maybe they'll do something about it. If anyone lives within earshot of 501 S. Oak in Gilbert and is willing to join me in a complaint, please reply to this post! (I have taken video to show the sound from all the way across the lake, and I've even thought of sitting outdoors asking passersby to join me. Otherwise, the Gilbert rule about needing more than one person on the complaint makes the "rule" entirely unenforceable.)
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:48 AM
 
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I object to the "doggie lovers" who think they have the right to harass us with constant barking. We do NOT love their doggies and we DO deserve peace and quiet. In Lago Estancia, dogs are barking day and night constantly. No one can walk by on public sidewalks or common property, and the dogs bark, growl, etc. In this case, there are FOUR large, stir crazy dogs that moved in from Show Low Arizona in January, turning the neighborhood from quiet to chaos. But the police require two or more complaints from different households and the people filing the complaint must be willing to appear in court, or they refuse to take the complaint for 6.2. I do not know any neighbors, and I do not wish to introduce myself to strangers for the purpose of getting someone to join me in the complaint. So if the police get tired of coming out, maybe they'll do something about it. If anyone lives within earshot of 501 S. Oak in Gilbert and is willing to join me in a complaint, please reply to this post! (I have taken video to show the sound from all the way across the lake, and I've even thought of sitting outdoors asking passersby to join me. Otherwise, the Gilbert rule about needing more than one person on the complaint makes the "rule" entirely unenforceable.)

They require the more than one person to give some assurance that it is not just a personal vendetta, but really is a neighborhood issue. If the situation is as you describe (and I am not doubting you) I would think if you introduced yourself to nearby neighbors (which is a good idea for many other reasons) you would find someone who felt as you do. They are "strangers" only to the extent you haven't met them. You won't go introduce yourself, but you are willing to sit in your front yard until someone walks by?


Here's another idea. Go to the website www.nextdoor.com , and join. You don't have to put your exact address, but you can join in your neighborhood. Post about the problem, and see if you get responses. That way, you won't have to go to anyone's door until you find someone who agrees with you and is willing to help.
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Old 04-08-2016, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Just dump a couple of cobras into their yard at night when the dogs are out. Watch the barking end quickly and quietly. Problem solved.
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Old 04-08-2016, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Amongst the AZ Cactus
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Your first night in the new house and you were already calling the police? On (at least) five neighbors? That seems pretty extreme.



My first suggestion would have been, if dog barking bothers you so much (or any noise, for that matter, it doesn't have to be dog noise...), spend as many hours as practical in your soon-to-be new home and neighborhood and find out what noises are there. You would have heard the barking dogs and would have known not to live there.
My second suggestion would have been to be neighborly that second day you were in your home. Had you made friends instead of enemies of your neighbors, they may have been more willing to help you quiet their dogs. Calling the police that first night I'm sure did more harm than good.
Third suggestion? Either take legal action, move, or get used to the noise. If you use the law to force your neighbors to quiet their dogs, be aware that you will likely be hated by your neighbors (sounds like you may already be).
Good luck.
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So calling the cops the very first night is the "neighborly" thing to do? Wow, glad you're not my neighbor!

I agree that dog barking can be annoying. I've said this before in a different thread, I've been on both sides of the "wall" before. Sometimes people over hype this. My "bad barking dogs" got several complaints one place I lived... all from one neighbor who would complain at any noise. I was a renter, so I got out of there.
You're suggesting people who are doing something against a city ordinance are in the right and someone who has a right to quiet shouldn't live in a place because people are breaking the rules? I thought I heard everything......

If you read the OP's post, they can't sleep at night with all the barking. This is not "over hyping" in my book if we take the OP's post as truth. And I think it's "pretty extreme" not being able to sleep at night because of inconsiderate individuals breaking town ordinances but apparently you have a different definition of "extreme" than I.


Town of Gilbert, Arizona : FAQ - Municipal Code & Land Development Code

"9. The neighbor's dog is barking all the time, can something be done about the constant noise its driving us crazy?

See Municipal Code section 6.2

Yes, barking dogs are handled by the Gilbert Police Department and the Code Compliance Department on a complaint basis, the Municipal Code section on barking dogs reads as follows:

It is unlawful to keep or harbor any dog which by frequent, habitual or continued barking, yelping or howling shall cause an annoyance or inconvenience to a neighbor or to people passing to and from upon the public streets or sidewalks."


OP, I can understand wanting to call the police/make a complaint vs talking to your neighbors with the dogs because unfortunately, we live in a world where people feel entitled/think they are the only one's who exist and will turn around and chew you out for complaining. I've seen more than a few people posting here on the topic in the past that had that happen to them. There are of course some people that will comply with a word but again, it's hard to know who you're dealing with. To me, anyone who let's their dog bark at all hours of the night is not a considerate individual and probably wouldn't take to well to being told their dog is bothering you.
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Old 04-08-2016, 12:57 PM
 
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You're suggesting people who are doing something against a city ordinance are in the right and someone who has a right to quiet shouldn't live in a place because people are breaking the rules? I thought I heard everything......

If you read the OP's post, they can't sleep at night with all the barking. This is not "over hyping" in my book if we take the OP's post as truth. And I think it's "pretty extreme" not being able to sleep at night because of inconsiderate individuals breaking town ordinances but apparently you have a different definition of "extreme" than I.


Town of Gilbert, Arizona : FAQ - Municipal Code & Land Development Code

"9. The neighbor's dog is barking all the time, can something be done about the constant noise its driving us crazy?

See Municipal Code section 6.2

Yes, barking dogs are handled by the Gilbert Police Department and the Code Compliance Department on a complaint basis, the Municipal Code section on barking dogs reads as follows:

It is unlawful to keep or harbor any dog which by frequent, habitual or continued barking, yelping or howling shall cause an annoyance or inconvenience to a neighbor or to people passing to and from upon the public streets or sidewalks."

OP, I can understand wanting to call the police/make a complaint vs talking to your neighbors with the dogs because unfortunately, we live in a world where people feel entitled/think they are the only one's who exist and will turn around and chew you out for complaining. I've seen more than a few people posting here on the topic in the past that had that happen to them. There are of course some people that will comply with a word but again, it's hard to know who you're dealing with. To me, anyone who let's their dog bark at all hours of the night is not a considerate individual and probably wouldn't take to well to being told their dog is bothering you.


Please note that the OP is from 2010.
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Amongst the AZ Cactus
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Please note that the OP is from 2010.
ahhh, silly me, missed that. Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2016, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Mesa, AZ 85202
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I feel like it's really cruel to leave a dog out in our heat. WTF is wrong with people?!
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