My name is Catherine Sienko and I am the founder of "Quiet Pima County. http://www.quietpimacounty.org (Pima County is in Arizona and Tucson is the city.) We also have a yahoo.group with the same name.
Quiet Pima County is a new anti-barking activist/support group for all victims of incessant barking. Our main objective is to change the laws and change the way nuisance complaints are handled by Pima Animal Care Center and law enforcement. Any resident that resides in Pima County and is presently a victim of incessant barking or has been a victim or knows anyonewho is sick and tired of the unwanted, forced fed, barking, dog nuisance noise are urged to join. Nuisance dog barking is not a neighborhood dispute. It is a violation of our right to quiet, peaceful enjoyment of our homes and property.
After years of being forced fed the sound of my neighbors 3 barking dogs and filing complaints, going to mediation, filling out barking logs, going to court and WINNING, being harassed, libeled and so on.... I had to do something about it. These dogs are still barking. Other neighbors have filed complaints. They are getting the run-a-round much like me.
Our group started out quite small. I made a real pain in the patootie with a local newspaper and they wrote a story. We recieved many (over 100) positive comments. Our membership grew and continues to grow. We are posting notices in local markets and gathering places. We are 'branching' out into 'chapters' within Pima County. Neighborhoods getting together, Districts getting together, City Wards getting together. ALL FOR A COMMON GOAL. This 'county' is a bit bigger than the State of New Jersey.
We have written and called EVERY Board of District Supervisors and Tucson City Ward representatives. I have written to the Governor of Arizona. Our requests for better enforcement of the 'animal noise ordinance' have pretty much fallen on deaf ears. Very few responses from out elected officials. Mis-directed information to member who have called and complained. Again a run around. YOU KNOW if these government constituants had barking dogs next door to them, it wouldn't be for long.
I personally have drafted new legislation to be considered. It's tough. It protects the complainant. WE remain anonymous. Offenders recieve larger fines. Mandated Dog Behavior training for the offender would replace mandated mediation for the victim. No set time frames. Inside or outside barking will not be tolerated. Injunction and abatement. Impoundment of animals and offender for repeat violations.
Our most recent accomplishment was getting an interview with the local NBC affliate TV News station, KVOA. I was VERY nervous. They also interviewed my neighbor with the barking dogs. They will be using footage from the videos I shot. It will be shown tomorrow, Monday Feb. 9, 2009 begining with the 5am broadcast and continuing through out the day on each and every time period for news. Hopefully this will make our elected officials realize "WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!" (Here is a link to the news story and video
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you live in Pima County.
Quiet Pima County
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