Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Opinion -

PRAC­TI­CALLY all of my neigh­bours own dogs and most go to work each day leav­ing their dogs to bark in­ces­santly.

How­ever, it's no dif­fer­ent when they're home from work, they seem obliv­i­ous to the sound.

One dog starts bark­ing and then there is a re­sound­ing cho­rus from all the other dogs. If I so much as sneeze when I'm in my kitchen, the bark­ing starts.

When dog own­ers are ap­proached, re­quests are ig­nored. Try­ing to lodge a com­plaint with the lo­cal coun­cil is al­most im­pos­si­ble if all your neigh­bours own a dog.

Af­ter I'd filled out the two-week di­ary I was told I'd need to re­peat it and then get sig­na­tures.

One neigh­bour (dog­less) would not sign be­cause she was scared of reper­cus­sions from her neigh­bours.

I bought an ex­pen­sive prod­uct that emits a high-pitched sound in re­sponse to a dog bark­ing. I tried that for a cou­ple of weeks - even that had no ef­fect.

Then there's the dog's doo. Regularly I am greeted with dog dumps on the foot­path at the front of my home or a plas­tic bag of doo thrown into my front gar­den.

It's about time dog own­ers acted in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner and I be­lieve the only way that's go­ing to hap­pen is if the lo­cal coun­cils do some­thing about it. Name and ad­dress supplied.

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