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Old 10-02-2008, 06:29 PM
 
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My neighbor has four pitbulls (one female, one male, two puppies) that constantly barks. When they start, they don't ever seem to stop. I could be good and sleep and they would start barking and NEVER STOP!!! I have gotten so "fed up" with it, it is driving me crazy. I would move, but the housing crisis is preventing me from doing so. I would confront my neighbor, but I am afraid that it would cause some tension. I don't understand what they are barking at, I know when dogs bark in distress and when they don't. When they constantly bark, THEY ARE NOT DISTRESSED, it is just a constant nagging bark.

My question is, are there any laws within the city of Atlanta pertaining to barking dogs.

Can I sue my neighbor about his barking dogs?

I read an article where it advised that the VICTIM record or videotape the dogs barking and take logs of them barking over a long extended period of time. Any suggestion would be helping.

I read an article where it was advised that the VICTIM record or videotape the dogs barking and take logs of them barking over a long extended period of time. Any suggestion would be helping.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Augusta Georgia
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Yes if you have the ability to video tape Do so and make sure the timer feature is activated on the camera. Incessant barking for longer than 30 minutes at a time and for more than three times a week is in violation of STATE OF GEORGIA animal codes This should supercede any Atlanta code providing the Atlanta code is less stringent. Upon recording several times of this you should call the local animal control officer and make copies availiable to the officer. Keep your originals as law enfocement can always error with evidence. You may have to report this more than once but keep good records and testimony from another neigbor will go a long way. I have had to deal with this in Augusta and it was a difficult task but I did prevail after three months. I gave up on remaining friends with the neigbor but He did move because Animal Control threatened to confiscate the dogs.
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Guyton, Georgia
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Idiot people with their barking dogs are a major buzzkill for neighbors. You could always feed them antifreeze.........

...the people I mean. Seriously, how do people not know that their dogs are not something everyone wants to hear? You should mention it to the neighbor nicely. After that, all's fair in love and war...including the antifreeze.

Michael
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Old 10-04-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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I have just gotten so sick of it, it is like they don't even hear the dogs when they bark, I know that they be home late at night when I hear them barking. I have a dog (an indoor dog) and if he starts barking late at night and continues, I get up and make sure that he shuts the hell up. These people act like it is music to there ears because they would not lift a finger. And the damn dogs are not getting the training they should so they just continue. The neighbor next to them have an outside dog, but I rarely hear from him, I wonder if they him them. I even thought about installing extra insulation under my house and getting double pane windows, but I am afraid it will not go a long way.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:12 AM
 
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I'd say if you are considering a law suit, you should definitely confront your neighbor first. Cuz if you're worried about tension, a law suit will really kick that into high gear.
My brother had a very similar situation. He handled it as follows:
1. Very nice approach (hey, neighbor, how's it going...okay, let's talk about your dogs)
no response...
2. A bit more aggressive approach (Okay, this is really causing a problem, you're going to have to keep your dogs inside at x hours)
no response...
3. Certified letter asking neighbor to keep dogs inside with lawyer CC'd at bottom.
VERY QUICK RESPONSE!!
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:45 AM
 
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It's always helpful to talk to other neighbors. Having a group of people complaining is very powerful.

In some cities (not generally in Atlanta) the police will help out. Decatur is extremely helpful in this situation. If they get a complaint, they send an officer. If it's like after 10:00pm and before 7:00am (not sure of the times), and the dog is barking, the officer writes out a warning and knocks on the door; if nobody's home, he leaves it.

Second offense, they get a $25 fine, mostly to get their attention. Third offense, $100. At some point, the city will seize the dog.

Also, if you can afford legal fees and have taped the barking, you always have the right to file a lawsuit to stop a "nuisance", as a last resort. Again, having other neighbors join the lawsuit or at least sign a statement is hugely helpful.
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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What about when your idiot neighbors allow their pitbulls out back in the yard (no privacy fence, mind you) and the owners are nowhere in site??!! So here you have pitbulls just roaming around, unattended. Do these people not read or watch the news about how dangerous these dogs are?! Can other neighbors petition to have the pitbulls confiscated (worst case, euthanized). I'm against cruelty to animals, but these dogs are beasts! They don't even look like family pets. But this situation with both my neighbors will only cause, God-forbid, serious injuries to other neighbors, not to mention their children. We have a lot of children in this neighbor.
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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Wait... Dogs bark?


Sorry, I hope that isn't construed as "borderline personal attack." Or is that only when I call someone's post ignorant?
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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What about when your idiot neighbors allow their pitbulls out back in the yard (no privacy fence, mind you) and the owners are nowhere in site??!! So here you have pitbulls just roaming around, unattended. Do these people not read or watch the news about how dangerous these dogs are?!
Do you not watch Pit Boss, Dog Whisperer, and every other show that doesn't focus on nothing but the negatives to get their ratings up? I bet you think all kids who listen to rap music are in gangs too.
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Old 06-05-2015, 02:36 PM
 
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I am fed up! My next door neigbor has 3 dogs tide up outside the house, which is adjacent to my house. I have lived there for 15 years, and he nor his 3 sons, wife or granchild has ever walked any of the dogs. The dogs constantly bark - day and night, which is a loud piercing bark, especially late at night when everything and everyone is quiet. My husband has talked to the owner on several occasions and nothing has worked. Instead of apologizing to us, he acted as if we were the problem and told me I need to move to buckhead! This should tell you what type of mentality we are dealing with. My neighborhood is urban and I don't like it much, but at night everything is quiet except for my neighbor's dogs. I've called animal services when his dog had puppies (which is every year!) and animal control has taked some of their puppies away becuase they found them roaming all over the yard with no supervision. My husband get up at 3 a.m. for work and looses sleep constantly. He drives for a living, so sleep is crucial for him. Idon't know what to do. We had to call the police this morning at 2 am., but the police never should up. We call so much, they are probably tired of coming ut becuase my neighbor has a nasty attitude and they don't want to deal with him. Did I mention that the his dogs are so mistreated and neglected that they fight each other. We have witnessed two very brutal fights between the dogs that the owner had to go back in the house and get a hose to break them up (my husband witnessed it). The one I witnessed was with one of his sons who had to wrap the dog's tail around his arm to break them up! I only wish we had this documented or taped. We don't have money to invest in high tech cameras or surveillance equipment, so where do we go from here? I am back in school after retiring, so I need my rest and I need to study without hearing that barking. Does any have any suggestions - I am desperate. And remember, I live in the city of Atlanta, which seems like they are very laxed when it comes to enforcing certain code violations - help. READY FOR ACTION
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