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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New puppy!

No, not me.

My neighbors. And because they leave him out all night, i get to vicariously experience the joys of raising him.

Fortunately i live in a community that has enlightened and progressive noise and animal abuse ordinances, and the resources to enforce them.

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  • Free auto-dialer program. You could have it call the Durham non-emergency number every 10 minutes.

    By Blogger toastie, at 11:46 PM  

  • Nooooooo! barry I cant believe they got a new puppy?! I just took in a 6 month old puppy about a month ago, and I cant even fathom leaving her out all night. Poor thing, someone should liberate it. : (

    By Blogger Vera, at 8:36 AM  

  • I was so excited for you...and then, not. Ok, I know I'm going out on a limb here. I know you shouldn't have to deal with this, but in the interest of life being too short, I'm just going to mention that we have "air machines" air purifiers that make white noise (and take allergens out of the air - which is why we have them)and they really keep you from being disturbed by outside noises. Much better than having your sleep interrupted by whatever is going on outside.

    By Blogger kendraro, at 1:54 PM  

  • My experience with my neighbors' dogs is what's keeping me from getting a new puppy since my last dog died nearly 4 years ago.

    In fairness to the city, here's what happened the past two days. My first call to 560-4600 (Durham's "non-emergency" police reporting line) resulted in an operator trying to tell me that Animal Control was not staffed at night, and they could send someone out to check in the morning. I reminded him that i was complaining about a noise ordinance violation which was, in fact, a DPD responsibility. However, since it was more than likely that no one was going to be home at the address, that there was no need for me to talk to the responding officer, especially since it could be another hour or two before they responded. So, no way of knowing if anyone came by overnight on Tuesday morning.

    but, since puppy was still yapping at 7 am, we called again, and got a prompt response from an officer who ascertained that, indeed, nobody was home at the address where the dogs were left outside. She waited around for a bit for an Animal Control officer to come by, but had to leave for a court appearance before that happened. If an AC officer made it out, they didn't speak with us; the good news is that last night was one of perhaps a dozen nights in the past 8 years at my current house that we didn't hear a single barking dog. So maybe, the dogs were picked up, or maybe the owners were cited. I'll try and make some calls tomorrow to find out.

    One of the problems is that this is the house where the owner built an addition without a permit two years ago, which he now rents out to whomever, even though the block is quite clearly zoned for single family. No zoning variance was ever given that i'm aware of. If it was, certainly no notice of a variance hearing was ever given.

    If the city/county planning and inspections department are not interested in enforcing something as simple and basic as this kind of zoning, what does that say for the rest of our administrations?

    By Blogger Barry, at 5:48 PM  

  • @toastie - How about having the auto dialer call up the property owner every ten minutes with a recording of the barking dog?

    By Blogger SteveG, at 10:34 PM  

  • Tried that one a few years ago with David Johnson, the property owner of the house directly behind me, and the guy who it turns out also owned that house in Walltown with the automotive fluids left behind by one of his tenants running an unlicensed repair shop.

    He stopped by my house the next day and harassed my wife, so i'm still working out a different tactic for him.

    The puppy house is theoretically owner occupied, but as i said, the back structure is rented, and the owner doesn't seem to spend much time there. Doesn't answer the door whenever we knock on it. And seriously, if the people living there can ignore the barking dogs right outside their door, i don't see how playing the recording for them on the phone is going to make much difference.

    I just put that up for any of the city and county employees who stop in from time to time.

    By Blogger Barry, at 11:08 PM  

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