About a year ago, two women and a dog moved into the duplex across the street. The dog quickly made its presence known by its barking, LOUD barking – at times ranging from six in the morning to 11:30 at night.
The owners tie its leash to the metal stair railing at the front of the building and close the front door, leaving the dog by itself, where it barks and barks and barks and barks.
It’s uncomfortable to look at and I’ve not said a thing to anyone – until last week.
The dog was outside by itself again and there was a man in a motorized wheelchair who crossed the street with the intention to go past this duplex. When he got to the corner, he hesitated – the dog was on his hind legs and barking up a storm. After a solid 30 seconds of barking, one of the owners finally came out. She grabbed the dog’s collar with both hands and pulled it inside, all the while the dog was looking back at the man. When she got the animal in the door, only then did he go by the house.
What if the dog had gotten loose? I would’ve called 911, yes, but I hate to think of what could’ve happened.
Seeing that incident made me realize I needed to report this to the city, which I did the next day. I told them about the barking and the aggressive behavior. I was told the city would send a letter to the owners about the barking; I got a reference number and was told if anything else happened, call it in and someone from animal control would pay them a visit.
Unfortunately, something else happened – the same aggressive behavior towards passersby once last night and twice tonight.
I do love animals, I really do, but this can’t continue. This isn’t about me hating the barking at all hours, this is about the safety of everyone in the neighborhood – the parents with small children, the people going for a leisurely stroll, the guy in the motorized wheelchair.
I may hate being a snitch, but I don’t want to risk someone potentially getting hurt.