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Posted by2 months ago

I left my neighbors a polite note about their dog’s barking, they called the police on me.

New neighbors moved in next door about a month ago. They have a big pit bull they leave outside most of the day. It barks for hours on end and sometimes in the middle of the night, waking me and my wife up. So I wrote them a polite, but clear letter asking them if they would “please consider addressing the barking.” I did not threaten any further action, just wanted to solve it with civility.

Unfortunately that didn’t work because about an hour later my doorbell rang and it was my neighbor yelling and cussing at me, calling me a bitch and a Karen (I’m a man btw) and how he doesn’t care if his dog barks and I shouldn’t either. I didn’t yell back. He told me if I have a problem then call the police and I told him I don’t call the police on neighbors unless someone is in danger. After realizing there was no reasoning with him, I calmly told him his approach was making me feel unsafe and asked him to leave my property. He stormed off.

About an hour later my door bell rings again and it is a police officer. He told me they called to report a disturbance: my note on their door. He was very professional and chuckled at the situation. He told them that there is nothing illegal about a non-threatening note on a door and came over here to help clear the air. He recommended I go through the HOA if I have any further issues with the dog. I told him it’s not worth the risk with them and I’ll just suck it up until my lease ends. He took down my info and went on his way.

Tl;dr: I left my neighbors a note about their dog and they called the cops on me

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It's amazing how many people believe that a dog that barks constantly is normal and ok.

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I got bitten by a neighbor's dog... his daughter (who is a grown ass adult btw) thought it was normal to just walk away and pretend it didn't happen.

Honestly , everything I've noticed about the daughter previously makes me think she's a waste of a body. if not for the fact that the actual dog owner seems to be a very friendly old man who I have had zero issue with and by all appearances really loves his dog, I would have been down to call animal services out of spit.

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I live in a gated community of about 75 townhomes. There was one woman who would always walk her dog off leash. My first encounter, with her, was when her little dog ran up to my guy (an Olde English Bulldog), and her dog was growling and trying to bite him. She was about 30 yards away. She made no effort to call her dog or even rush over to us. I was telling her to get her dog before my dog bites it. She proceeded to cuss me out and call me names. She told me her small dog was NOT a threat, and if I was afraid of her dog then I'm a p*ussy. I told her I was trying to keep my dog from biting her dog that was trying to attack us. I also told her that if my dog defends himself, he will hurt her dog and she would be the blame. She then had the nerve to tell me that if I cannot control my dog then I have no business walking him. She was just a nasty woman.

The HOA fined her multiple times. Her dog was attacked by other dogs two times (two that I know of). The attacks were not the fault of the other dogs. Her small dog would run up to every dog it came across, and it would try to attack the other dogs. A normal person, would take every precaution after their dog was attacked. But this woman took absolutely zero accountability. She blamed the other dogs.

She was finally kicked out because she would not leash her dog. For four years, she received weekly letters about her dog. She was called into meetings, monthly, with the board. She ended up paying thousands in fines.

She held firm in her belief that her dog was a perfect angel that did not need a leash.

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Correct but also…I’ve had the cops called on me for my dad’s dogs barking. It was not even 5 minutes, I swear to god. I let them out and had to pee. Like an instant urge to release the bladder. By the time I got into the bathroom the dogs did their business and started barking. Finished my business, washed my hands, and hurried to let them back inside. All seemed fine until I heard the knock on the front door. Me thinking it’s some friends (early 20s) and had my bowl laying out about to pack it. I yell, “COME ON IN”. Cop just opens and pops his head, “uhhh hello”. Lol. Both of our faces were priceless, I’m sure of it. He was totally cool about everything and we both had a good laugh about it.

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It’s amazing how fking crazy the dog craze is getting… every moron and their friend owns a dog. It’s gotten completely out of fkn control. It used to be cute, now it’s just sad. So many idiots bought a Covid dog and shit is just beyond the joke and their owners are mostly deadshits… sorry but the whole pet thing has really lost its appeal. If you’re that bored and lonely raise children you dumb fks.

End rant/

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Find your area's noise ordinance. More than likely, the dog barking at all hours like that violates the noise ordinance.

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So sorry you're having to deal with this. It's not okay and frankly, as a dog owner, I feel sorry for the dog. A dog barking incessantly can be a sign of anxiety. Sad.

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

HOA’s won’t do anything because it’s considered a domestic issue. I’m surprised the officer would suggest that. What you need to do is call your local police non-emergency # EVERY time the dog barks for over 15 minutes straight (after 15 minutes it’s legally considered a ‘nuisance’). They’ll come out and IF they can hear the dog barking, it’s considered a ‘noise disturbance’ - and they will give a warning to the neighbor. Next time, they will give a ticket. Time after that, they’ll have animal control take the dog away (not that you want it to get to that point, but jeez, maybe the dog Would be happier with more attentive owners in a loving home).

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Depends on the HOA. Our HOA will reprimand and eventually fine people. Barking may be lower on their list of offenses but the more people complain the more likely they are to see it as a serious issue. But I know there's a lot of variation in HOA's so ymmv.

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My guess is that they had to move because of the dog. I never understand why people get animals if they don't want to take care of them. Hope that they stay away from you so you don't get hurt, they clearly are unstable.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Thanks so much!

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There’s so many people that shouldn’t have pets, let alone human offspring

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I had to call on my neighbors dog. He was an indoor dog his whole life, then he started to not be able to handle his random human food diet of fries and pizza. And he pooped inside. 100% outside. And he was angry about it. Barked all day and night. I had to record barking at 2am and send it to animal control. They gave inspections and noise violations. Eventually they moved. hoa was not useful. Call animal control.

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People should not get a dog in the first place if they are just going to abandon it all day. Dogs are social, too. They don’t want to be left outside alone, away from their pack/family.

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There are neighbor's you talk to and ones you tell on. It takes time to learn who is who because you really can't tell just by looking at someone, you have to have some kind of interactions with them. What I've learned, the hard way, is to just keep your mouth shut, smile and be friendly no matter what's going on while you figure out which type you're dealing with.

The reality is you can be the neighbor that speaks directly to them in the most polite way possible but if they're emotionally stunted jerks it's not gonna matter and they're gonna assume any complaint came from you. If they don't have to know better to leave them guessing. My jerk neighbor made a comment that it was only me who had a problem with his dog being off leash (i know for fact this isn't true) which I believe made it easier for him to keep doing it.

It's great if you realize your neighbors are emotionally mature enough to handle a reasonable request because those are the people who sincerely don't want to upset their neighbors and will gladly modify their behavior (within reason) to keep the peace and you'd do the same.

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My upstairs neighbors left me a note after I started chasing their loud assess around my apartment with a broom, echoing back every fucking sound they made. Then they left me a note demanding I have patience and understanding for their THREE SMALL children. I fucking hate getting notes, who gets a second story apartment with THREE toddlers? Don't ever leave a note

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Ehhh I’m with you on this. People who have young children should only look on bottom floor units

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I’d just play music very loud all of the time.

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Please say “/s”…

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What you’re doing is literally considered harassment. You’re right it sucks and children suck on anything but the first floor, but legally you’re gonna be in the wrong.

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Like wow, all you did was as very civil. Then they get gaslight you on being a "Karen" over the issue and after that call the police on you over it. Like the only Karens here are them and over-the-top ones at that.

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