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How Our Unenforceable Barking Laws Position Disturbed People to Use Their Dogs as Weapons

Dogs are wonderful, noble animals.  There are no finer creatures on earth.  

However, there are some very bad people around.  Some of those folks are so twisted that they actually enjoy inflicting injury on other people, and they do so regularly as a sort of recreational activity.  Such people look for ways in which they can injure others and get away with it, without having to pay a price for the harm they cause to those they victimize in various ways.

Such people almost always fall into one of five categories:

  1. Substance abusers

  2. Anti-social Personality Disorders (also commonly known as sociopaths),

  3. Paranoid Personality Disorders,

  4. Borderline Personality Disorders, and/or

  5. Narcissistic Personality Disorders.

If you get a copy of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, which is available to the general public, you will find each of the four predatory personality disorders listed, along with the traits that characterize each. If you know enough about the person in question, you should easily be able to make the diagnosis yourself. All you have to do is to run down the checklist provided to see if he or she has enough of the various traits to be diagnosable.

For that sort of person, who enjoys inflicting injury on others, our unenforceable barking ordinances are a dream come true, because they allow such predatory types to torment their neighbors to their heart's delight. Indeed, under those made-to-fail laws, your neighbor can confine several dogs to a small space immediately outside your bedroom window and leave them there to bark non-stop, day and night, until hell freezes over.

The fact is, your pathological neighbor with the barking dog doesn't have to worry at all about law enforcement stepping in to protect you, because he knows that with the present laws in place, he doesn't have to let the people next door sleep at all - ever. As things now stand, such people can let their dogs bark until exhaustion and stress destroy your marriage, your children are failing in school and suffering from chronic exhaustion, and everyone's health is ruined. They can keep it up until you are frantic with agitation, your blood pressure is soaring, and you are about to die from a heart attack. They can keep it up after you're dead, too, for that matter, and continue to bark on right through your wake as your family struggles to hear the priest speak the words of your last benediction over the roar of the dogs that killed you.

The cops are not going to do anything about it, and animal control is just going to give you more of the usual runaround. Since you are the victim, it is understandable why you would think those agencies would side with you. But in truth, the police and animal control are subservient to the people who created your barking dog nightmare in the first place, so you can't expect much from them.

For some types of hard core substance abusers, and for all of the various types of predatory personality disorders, inflicting injury and abusing others is a kind of amusement, and their regular way of being in the world. Yet, thanks to politicians who have been bought and paid for by the special interests, our current barking laws facilitate that aggression, and greet the perpetrater's belligerence with immunity at every juncture.

Were such people to inflict equivalent injuries in any other context and by any other means, they would be arrested and charged with a felony.  But that's the way our ordinances work. They are not what you'd call victim-friendly laws.  Quite to the contrary.

The sad truth is that in effect, our barking ordinances legalize chronic barking, which elevates the sociopath next door to a status wherein he is above the law and beyond accountability, while robbing his neighbors of all legal protection against any and all injures that are forthcoming from that avenue of attack.

In fact, it is extremely common for such people to use their barking dogs to push their neighbors beyond their capacity to further endure the abuse, and then, when the victim finally does something desperate in response, for them, at that point, to use the legal system to their advantage, as they, then, call in the police, who are quick to join in the process of inflicting further injury on the victim.

Beyond a doubt - under our current barking laws - as long as his dog's voice is the instrument whereby he does the damage, there is no limit to the extent to which the predator living on the other side of that little fence can inflict injury on you and your loved ones, and legally there is not a thing you can do about it.

For more on dealing with disturbed people who keep noisy dogs, go to How to Persuade Your Neighbors to Quiet Their Chronically Barking Dogs

For more information about our unenforceable barking laws, go to Turning to the Law for Help with Your Neighbors's Barking Dog

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