Letter to the editor: Going to the dogs

Posted 12/24/19

Going to the dogs We too live in quiet desperation due to the entitled thinking of a neighbor with a barking dog. Since they moved in a year ago, we are awakened daily between 3 and 5 a.m. to their …

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Letter to the editor: Going to the dogs

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Going to the dogs

We too live in quiet desperation due to the entitled thinking of a neighbor with a barking dog. Since they moved in a year ago, we are awakened daily between 3 and 5 a.m. to their dog barking to get back in after being let out. We have tried talking to them and somehow they think that because they “saved” the dog (but didn’t train it) and it needs to “tinkle” in the night, we should be understanding and tolerant. They claim that they wait by the door to let the dog back in, but it barks for 5 to 15 minutes, so this is unlikely.  

We called animal control to see if there were any regulations on barking dogs, and they gave us a handout, which we shared with the neighbors. After several more attempts to get them to control their dog, we called animal control and they were given a written warning and then a citation. They had 60 days to respond (during this time no further citations would be given).

We don’t know how it was resolved but a few months later, since there had been no improvement in the problem, we called animal control again.  We were told that the ordinance had been changed and now the dog has to bark for 20 minutes and the complainant either has to record it or have a corroborating witness who does not live in the same house. So the burden has fallen on the victim. The HOA suggested ear plugs or soundproofing.   

Whatever happened to just being good neighbors?

George Shipley
Highlands Ranch

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