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The Barking Dogs General News
The B. D. General News is a catchall category, where you will find media accounts of the barking epidemic that did not quite fit in to any of the other six news classifications.
As Noise Rises, So Do the Dangers
Noise May Raise Heart Attack Risk
Carlisle Bark Victim Resorts to Air Horn Therapy
Anyone with seventy dollars in their pocket can walk into an auto parts store and purchase an air horn, and that price includes all the accessories necessary to make the thing work. Those devices, which are powered by air compressors, blast out an obnoxious tone, which may be loud enough to make the dog next door sorry that he barked, while simultaneously causing his owner to regret that he neglected to train the beast.
Air horns pose an interesting dilemma for law enforcement because, although they can produce a piercing blast, the amount of noise they make is not all that much louder than the voice of a large, barking dog being kept by an irresponsible or malicious owner, which the authorities tolerate. If the police then show up to cite the bark abuse victim for blasting his air horn in an attempt to quiet his neighbor's dogs, they may then find themselves indicted by the illogic of their own polices, as they try to explain why it is that someone who maliciously or irresponsibly creates X amount of noise is considered a good citizen, while his neighbor, who produces roughly the same amount of sound in an attempt to protect the health and well being of his family, is treated as a criminal.
Finally! - Someone Gets Arrested Because They Kept a Barking Dog
Hermiston Police Use Barking Dog Enforcement to Fight the War On Methamphetamine
The Mystery of the Barking Phone Caller
Think about it. Who would do such a thing? For the answer, click on the link immediately above.
Thanks to Barking Enforcement, Forty Dogs Are Saved from a Life of Illness and Deprivation
Please note that it was the Department of Code Enforcement, probably motivated by the complaint of an odor, that rescued the dogs. One has to wonder if the unfortunate creatures would have ever been saved were they left to the mercy of animal control, and the unworkable barking laws of southern California.
Barking Dog Enforcement Leads Police to Locate Culprit in the Beating of a Blind Man
However, the culprit was later apprehended by police after they were summoned to his residence by a neighbor who complained about his dogs barking.
Barking dog enforcement is one of the great underutilized techniques of law enforcement. People who keep overly vocal canines tend to be high on the scale for hostility and belligerence, and frequently suffer from Paranoid, Borderline, Narcissistic or Anti-Social Personality disorders. Not to mention that those who keep noisy canines also tend to be irresponsible and all-around problematic dog owners. Barking dog enforcement, then, gives the P. D. probable cause to call on, get to know and, in general, keep an eye on that chaotic, troublesome population. We need to see much more of it.
The Public Health Hangs in the Balance in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Will the mayor demand that the proposed law be abandoned and push instead for the adoption of an effective ordinance that protects the public health? Or will he embrace the proposed ordinance that positions irresponsible dog owners above the law and beyond accountability, while leaving their victimized neighbors with no way to halt the abuse and reclaim their shattered lives?
Many Albuquerque citizens have confidence that Mayor Chavez will make this issue a top priority and not allow the city to take a step backwards in dealing with barking dogs. Let us hope that their confidence is well placed.
Barkingdogs.net will track this story over time. Please check back to learn the fate of Albuquerque, New Mexico's proposed barking dog law changes.
Dog Owners Express Outrage at Effort to Get Them to Quiet Their Dog
As you read the story, you'll meet dog owners who don't see anything wrong with keeping a barking dog in a residential neighborhood. They believe that, regardless of whether or not it is illegal, that they have a right to do it, and they are outraged that someone is trying to force the issue.
Typical of such people, they refuse to acknowledge that their neighbors are being injured by their behavior, and insist that their persecution is the real motive behind the complaints about their dog.
In Flower Mound, Texas, where these people live, animal control only writes tickets for barking dogs if the animal sounds off continuously for several consecutive minutes. Therefore, if a dog barked, for example, at a rate of once every two seconds, and kept it up for thirty seconds, and did that once every five minutes, that would be all right with the city. But the dog owners in the article seem to think that standard is too high.
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Journalist's Dilemma Flags a Badly Broken System
Horsley tells the story of the night he drove down the street throwing bits of hot dog out the window of his car as he tried to lure a potentially dangerous pit bull out of his back yard and away from his house. While relating the story he casually tells us that his dog, his neighbor's dog and the wandering pit bull are all chronic barkers. He mentions multiple dogs that have been running loose in his neighborhood without tags, including cat-killing pit bulls. Horsley tops off the story by telling us that he could not rid himself of the potentially dangerous dog by calling animal control because he was aware they would be unavailable. And as a reporter who was familiar with the system, he didn't bother to call the police because he knew that they wouldn't do anything either.
The fact that this veteran reporter is not the least shocked or the least outraged by the situation he describes just goes to show the extent of the dysfunction of the dog management system. We don't even expect it to work anymore.
Barking Dogs a Major Source of Noise Complaint in Northern Ireland
The article states that barking dogs and amplified music were the most complained about noise irritants in Northern Ireland during that time period.
Man Responding to Bark of Normally Quiet Dogs, Saves Family From Fire
But as you read the story, remember that the family survived only because a human responded to the barking of the dogs. If the animals had been chronic barkers, the man of the house might well have dismissed their warning barks as just being business as usual, and rolled over in bed and gone back to sleep, while his family died in the flames.
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