Here is my story in Portland, Oregon ...
A year ago, some renters moved in next to me. They got a large dog that they left in the yard from 4:30am to late at night. It barked almost all the time. They left it out there in rain, snow, heat, and never played with it in the yard or ever took it for walks (to my knowledge). This was the loudest dog I ever heard. When I talked to the owner, he said "I'ts a dog and its going to bark". When I asked him to either keep it inside or have someone home to monitor the barking and quiet it down when it barks, he said something about when his kids go to school. Like another neighbor told me, "He basically told you to F off".
I used tape recordings and neighbors signed my complaints and I turned them in to Animal Control. (getting signatures was not easy and I only got them on a few forms). The tapes did work.
They did write citations for noise and lack of pet license, but the owner ignored them (I assumed they never paid any of them).
While animal control was investigating about 10 notices I wrote up for 1 month, the garbage family got evicted. That would have been notice #3 and an order to abate the barking would follow.
But during the eviction, another renting neighbor with outside dogs and a yard that looks like a trash dump, took the dog into his yard.
A week or so later, the dog and his dogs killed another dog that got inside his yard.
I went down to Animal Control to give them a piece of my mind. All of a sudden, they finally acted like they gave a crap.
I told them that the one that used to live next to me was the main agressor and the killer. Animal Control removed the dog that day.
I still have some barking problems with those other 2 dogs 2 houses down from me. I will mail out info to almost all in the area ask to form a meeting so we can support each other.
I learned what you all know -- LIFE IS HELL WHEN YOU CAN NEVER RELAX.
More... those houses look like trash dumps. The one next to me did not even have trash service and piled it all up in the house and yard.
I am hoping my yet to be formed group will come together and be effective to the point of making the problem stop.
I know the cops and politicians suck and don't care, never will.
We have a mayor who cares more about raping little boys than protecting our peace.
Thanks for hearing my story. I feel so alone in all of this TORTURE.
And to the little dog (pet) which I watched get murdered by barking dogs (junkyard dogs): Your sacrifice to get the worst one off my street is appreciated. I honor you. I am glad your death was fast, even as it was violent. God Bless You.
I talked to the owner of the house next to me yesterday as he was cleaning it. The renters had left a large garbage can full of used diapers out in the rain. That is what kind of people have barking dogs.
He did leave me his phone # and told me to call if renters in future cause problems.
I talked to a Multnomah County (Portland) Animal Control employee. I told her that the people next to me had a dog that barked all day and no one was home to manage it. This is her EXACT reply: "That's fine. There is nothing wrong with that. I have dogs at home and I want them to bark."
She called me a liar when I told her that the dogs 2 doors down bark at me whenever I am in my yard.
I told her that the authorities should take anonymous calls for barking so other people who are not liars can call it in. She said "If they don't leave their name, they will be calling from a gas station far away and lying."
I emailed a lawyer about barking, but did not get a reply.