Barking dogs hurting your property value

Your Property Value – Do you care about it? The impact of barking dogs on decreased home valuation

Dogs decreasing property values

A recent survey by Harris Interactive and State Farm Insurance found that 60% of Americans have a pet peeve with someone who lives nearby. Most notably, dogs.

Certain next-door nuisances — such as annoying pets, unkempt yards, foul odors — could reduce your home value by 5% up to 10%, or even more at the extreme, according to the Appraisal Institute. Just to mention the financial hardship.

A responsible pet owner is respectful to their neighbors.

Anyone who ever lived next door to a house with barking dogs knows that a little “yap” or “woof” here and there, during the day, is not “that” annoying. However, continual, incessant barking any time of the day or night can keep people in their toes. You know how too much barking can destroy peace in a neighborhood, divide previously friendly neighbors and ultimately impact the qualify of life in a whole community.

The only way to sell a house with a non-stop barking mutt next door owned by a psychopath is to sell it to… another psychopathic dog owner.

I personally know that very well. Several years ago I sold (had to sell) my house on a seemly wonderful gated community but where a next door neighbor had a small dog with an incessant yipping. The other neighbor had a really big mutt that barked in full force for everything, including nothing. Several showings, a couple price reduction$ (not a typo), and different realtors who always mentioned the dogs charging the fence and crazily barking at them, and the clients leaving on a rush. Then one day a prospective buyer came when immediately the little barking beast started. Surprisingly, that buyer liked the mutt(!!), even saying how cuuute!. Good for me, I wouldn’t have to disclose anything and at the end he bought the house. Finally!

Money, good money actually, was lost and I didn’t sued that ODOR because of their involvement in the government, if you can understand me. I would never win such a lawsuit when they were in bed (literally) with judges and politicians. But I was glad I was out of there.

In case I had at that time the knowledge I have today on this matter, the outcome could be different, but who knows. This is an additional reason why I started this blog, that I could help others to avoid those dreadful nightmares.

By the way, I was the first to build a house on that street, so no barking nuisance existed before. Also, I got part of a revenge on those ODORs. I came to know later that the buyer decided to make a huge renovation and also to make additional constructions on the lot. Nothing special, right? Well, the buyer planned the work to happen in a very low pace with few and cheap workers, taking a lot longer, redoing things they had just already finished, always making a lot of noise, something that those ODORs hated, including on weekends. Nice!

How barking affects the process of selling real state

When the neighbors’ dog appears aggressive (even more that they usually are), barking at everyone when visiting the property, many clients even ask to leave right away. Despite the size of the dog next door, regular home-buyers become quite  nervous around animals they don’t know and that impacts their overall impression of the home.

Some people move “just “ to get away from barking dog,  more of a motivation to improve the quality of life and not an effect on property values.

Reduced property desirability

Additionally to the barking problem, when the property smells badly because of an animal over the fence, this is a huge turn-off for prospective buyers and will affect the desirability of the home. Not just that, it’s a (un)healthy issue.

Even if they are dog lovers, buyers know that this problem will impact their backyard quality time, and no offer will they make.

Houses with barking neighbors take longer to sell

Barking nuisance is noise, something serious that ultimately affects the number of times  your home will be shown.

Most clients choose not to offer a lower price but instead to find another property altogether. Barking dogs in the neighborhood certainly deter buyer clients from submitting offers on a house, no doubt at all.  The only exception may be when an investor buys a house for renting out so this buyer doesn’t care, it’s just the tenant who will live there. Not him, not his family.

Nobody wants to walk into that noisy environment or feel like a prisoner to how they can or would enjoy their outdoor living space in peace and silence. Plus, no one wants to be the person that approaches and has to confront someone about the noise or anonymously report someone’s furry friend and fight that battle for possibly years and years if you’re a home owner (or even renter).

Neighbors should never have their enjoyment hampered by dogs over the fence. (and vice-versa).

Nuisance barking dogs of any shape, breed or size at a neighboring property can definitely impact the desirability of a house. Most homeowners would like to be able to enjoy pleasant activities like entertain guests in the backyard, relax and read, garden, swim, let the kids play -  safely – or barbecuing without the constant disruption and annoyance of a loud, obnoxious dog.

Nuisance dogs influencing prices in buyer’s and seller’s markets

Annoying dogs in the adjoining backyard make it take at least a little longer than is normal in any market, be it a buyer’s or seller’s one. The obnoxious animals nearby usually cause sellers to have a more difficult sale, something that not everybody wants.

Nuisance dogs do – yes – have a negative effect on property value in a balanced market with normal inventory levels, since the seller will likely have to reduce the price of the house to entice a buyer to purchase it. In seller’s market, more buyers will be willing to overlook a barking dog just for the sake of getting into a house, any house, and perhaps turn to alternative methods of quieting the dog — not always well received by the dog owner next door.

Barking dogs can definitely impact property value and depending on the market there may or may not be an opportunity to place a “true value” of this negative impact. Meaning, you lose money, your money.

Selling a house in the summer – even worse than in the winter

The warmer temperatures raise issues that aren’t an obvious problem in the cooler weather.

In winter, a small dog with an incessant yipping next door nside the house usually do not present a serious barking problem, or a “smell” problem either. They are mostly kept inside for most of the time. However, when the heat of summer comes in, the dogs’ “problems” next door could be easily detected via nose, or even with the use your best headphones and all windows closed.

That doesn’t help either since any realtor knows that selling houses in winter is a tough job.

Sinister Reputation

Well-known crimes or even urban legends associated with your neighbor’s house or even the whole neighborhood can decrease the value of a home immensely. Though these kinds of issues may be out of your control, they may certainly have an impact on the resale value of your home.

A couple of bad residents can turn a previously nice community into a Not-So-Nice Neighborhood, avoided by many.

Decreased Property Value Contaminating All the Community

OK, Then you had a nice neighbor, non-dog owner, who sold (had to sell) his house for a lower price all due to the obnoxious dog owner across the street from you both. Well, if you plan to sell, your house will also be affected by the lower value of that good member of community. The same applies to the other considerate people close to you. This could have a cumulative effect where several properties in the vicinity will see their value depreciated

Now think on what happens if your community gets a new resident with another nuisance dog. One may have noticed that this usually happens after Christmas, when “little cute pets” are given as gifts. More people will see their properties with depressed values as well. A point will come that your entire neighborhood will be plagued by those robo-barkers  that your once perfect place to live became literally hell. A place that not too many people chooses to live in, at least not the best of the law abiding citizens.

What to do to buy a barking noise free home

When thinking about purchasing a house, a few things first:

  1. It must be in a city with stringent dog barking laws.
  2. Those laws must be fully enforced, not just to be existent on the books.
  3. It must be in a HOA (homeowners association) with a hefty fine and penalty for barking dogs.
  4. Visit the property several times in different hours of the day and different days of the week. Stay there for a little longer, like half an hour or more if you can. Don’t just get in and out in a few minutes.
  5. Assure yourself that no dog owner neighbor is away, like on vacation.
  6. Assure yourself that no dog owner neighbor is hiding their dogs during your visit. Some unscrupulous realtors are truly capable of that.
  7. Ask neighbors (not related to the seller or listing agent) if they have problems with dogs in the neighborhood.
  8. Walk or drive around the area and check for possible hazards, like a city kennel, a pet shop, or veterinarian office nearby.

You really cannot even begin to describe the hell of living next door to a non-stop barking dog until you have experienced it so all the previous work is greatly worth it.

Tips for Selling your Home

This article is certainly for people who do not have pets, of any kind. However, if the homeowner has pets,  and is a responsible one, s/he should:

  • Establish a showing plan that includes the pet.
  • Remove pets from home for showings.
  • Make sure the realtor knows there are pets in the home and what to expect. Listen carefully to their recommendations, and follow them.
  • Crate the pet to keep it safe and the visitors less uncomfortable.
  • Keep litter boxes clean and odor free. Actually, keep everything absolutely odor free, in and out of the house.
  • Make sure the outside and backyard free of  any “debris”!
  • Disclose the issue of dog barking – and other dog problems as well – unless it is fully resolved.
  • Never hide or lie to the buyer or realtor that you had/have pets in the property, especially inside the house. There are people who have serious allergic reactions to pet dander, for example.  You don’t want to be sued, right?

Annoying Dogs – Enemies of Valuable Real Estate

Bottom line

Barking noise is definitely NOT a selling point. One will never see a listing saying  “the dogs next door bark all night long! Buy now!”. The major problems caused are:

  • Owners get less money for their house
  • Properties take longer to sell
  • Multiple realtors/listing agents may be needed
  • Many additional showings will be necessary
  • Negotiations will be tougher

So, what can I do to NOT find my home value plummeting?

Take action! Do something from the very beginning. Start with the lighter, polite initiatives and steadily grow to the strongest and most serious actions, like finally suing them for good money. In desperation, and with no recourse left, some people even choose to kill the beasts as they are leaving. Do not ever – ever- allow ODORs take control of your neighborhood or, worse, damage your finances.

Visit our What Can You Do page for some suggestions. I hope you will enjoy them.

The best of luck and good work!

 

Category: NO Dogs, Please! | 31 comments

  • S says:

    It’s horrible that you had to go through that. You were robbed. :(

    Obviously most people do NOT want to live near a barking dog, understandably! Yet, I am unaware of any dog-free neighborhoods, save a small and decreasing number of apartment complexes. It seems like there would be a big market for a dog-free neighborhood.

    Even if you find a peaceful neighborhood now, there’s no guarantee that a dog won’t move in sooner or later. And all it takes is one to ruin the whole neighborhood.

    Why oh why don’t people establish mandatorily dog-free zones?

    • MrMAD says:

      A big market for a dog-free neighborhood is a good point. The problem is the property developers to take the initiative. I think they won’t.

      We have to start demanding that. Maybe flooding them (by including realtors as well) with phone calls and requests. Not easy but hopefully possible.

      About the ODOR who moves to a then peaceful neighborhood: WE have to start to “Shame and Embarass” those people and do Not allow them to continue committting their CRIMES. Yes, crimes (a future article is coming on that). We can not continue to be polite to them but to strongly show our discontent in a non-stop way so that they will not think they are special anymore. Those people, dog owners, are looking for attention and we shold show it is not acceptable. Sure it will not change everything from the first minute but with the majority of decent people turning their nse on ODORs, these would see and feel they are Not welcome. Certainly, it has to be done by a lot of peple, not just you and I.

      • KaD says:

        A while ago my neighbors had barking lawn ornaments. And they got rid of them after multiple complaints… Well, they got NEW dogs-Barkbrain and Loudmouth! Oh the luck! Thinking ahead to Halloween I’d like to get a stuffed German Shepherd and a stuffed St. Bernard, and sneak out at 3 AM and hang them with nooses from the tree in front of their house. I can’t afford the effigies and I have no way to sneak out at 3 AM but I can dream.

        Also, have you ever seen where someone has a special birthday (16, 21, 50, newborn) and someone pays to have their entire front lawn set up with storks or teddy bears? I’d like to hire the company that does this to put up barking dog ornaments all over the front lawn with a bit SHUT UP sign.

    • KaD says:

      Even if you CAN find a dog free area some shithead just HAS TO ruin it by bringing in their ‘servus’ dog.

  • Peter Bright says:

    You can help establish Dog Free Communities by signing this petition and then promoting it by circulating this link to like-minded people:

    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/dog-free-communities.html

    • MrMAD says:

      Hi Peter. I just commented on that below.

      I applaude your initiative but I am sceptical that could happen in the near future.
      I just searched for NO-dogs buidings and there are… NONE! You may find one or another house for rent but almost never for sale/buy. And when you find one, it is certainly Not what you want, not where you like it to be. There are too many variables.

      So, what could we do? Perhaps:
      - Unite all people wishing for a peaceful place like that, in several different cities.
      - Contact property developers to find one who would build us our future house.
      - Make it a private, gated community.
      - Visitors are subject to those rules as well, meaning nodogs, no exceptions.
      - Any ideas?

      I think it would never, ever happen if we asked the city to rezone a community into a nodogs community.

  • KaD says:

    The petition for DOG FREE communities! Sign it! Spread it! http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/dog-free-communities.html

    • MrMAD says:

      I’ve seen this petition before and for sure it’s quite interesting.

      However, we are the minority. I have a friend who is the owner of a sucessfull building company that only builds expensive apartment buildings, for rich people of course. Some time ago I even talked with him about that and was told that would be a death sentence for his business since most new buyers in fact specifically ASK for conveniences for dogs on the apartment and on the communal areas. Note that he didn’t like dogs and no one in his famiy had dogs.

      In my view, if we want to live in a NO-dog community, we ourselves would have to buy the land, a large one to be able to stay free from barking noise, and sell the parcels to likely-minded people, with no view on the money, just on peace. Unfortunatelly I don’nt see the government helping us. Sorry I’m being so pessimistic.

      • Peter Bright says:

        Your discerning reply “In my view, if we want to live in a NO-DOG community, we ourselves would have to buy the land, a large amount to be able to stay free from barking noise, and sell the parcels to like-minded people, with no view on the money, just on peace. Unfortunately I don’t see the government helping us ..”

        .. is entirely realistic, and identical with that of one of our long-term anti-barking Peace Warriors Down Under, Mr Matthew Ridgeway of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

        In that state, empty homes were being offered for just $1 as local councils were desperate to encourage people back to rural areas losing people to the cities, but the catch was that this deal was only available to folk with children.

      • Lee says:

        Actually, we’re not the minority. Less than 40% of US households own a dog, or dogs. The problem is that dog-owners, backed by the multi-billion-dollar dog industry, are much more vociferous — and obnoxious — than the non-dog-owning majority.

        I’ve read on some sites where landlords say at least 75% of tenant complaints are dog-related — barking dogs, fleas and ticks, aggressive dogs, people not cleaning up after their fleabags, etc. The reason so many landlords allow dogs is because of dog freak real estate agents who convince them they will appeal to more people by allowing dogs. What the real estate agents do NOT tell landlords is that a dog can do thousands of dollars in damages to a house or apartment — much more than they will ever collect in “pet fees.” Additionally, apartment communities that allow dogs have a much higher turnover than those that are dog-free.

        If those of us in search of a dog-free environment were as organized and vociferous as the dog freaks, we would be letting the world know that dogs aren’t natural creatures, because they did not evolve naturally, but were created by man from wolves. Because they are unnatural creatures, dogs have filthy, disgusting, destructive habits. For example, dogs will chase down and kill other animals (wildlife and livestock) purely for the enjoyment of killing — unlike the wolves from which they were created that kill only for food or out of fear. Dogs also bite more than 4 million people in the US every year, killing approximately 35 per year and maiming thousands of others (mostly children) for life. And if this wasn’t bad enough, dog excrement kills grass and everything else it touches, then washes into bodies of water and kills marine life. In some large municipalities, as much as a third of the pollution in bodies of water is caused by dog excrement — green algae in ponds, etc. is usually caused by dog excrement.

        Dogs are also the filthiest animals on earth and the only mammals other than pigs and rats that will eat human excrement — and even pigs and rats won’t eat it unless they’re starving, but dogs lap it up like ice cream, then their owners let the filthy fleabags lick them in the face and sleep on their beds! The reason so many homeless people have dogs is because the mutts keep their hovels under bridges and in back alleys free of human excrement and vomit by eating it! How anyone can bring such a filthy, disgusting animal into their home is beyond my comprehension. Well, that’s not actually true, a company did a survey a couple years ago and the majority of dog owners admitted engaging in some sort of “unnatural” activity with their fleabags.

        • MrMAD says:

          Lee, I understand when you say we’re not the minority, but it “feels” that way. Wherever we go, anytime, we’re surrounded by dogs or their pollutants. I feel I’m in a state of trance when I’m able to be somewhere without the noise of barking, for example. Even when jogging in a national park I fee some dogs could appear, and attack, since their ‘signs’ are everywhere and you try not to step on them. It’s more than just the physical presence of dogs nearby. But, yes, numerically, we are the majority, and not just in the USA.

          I agree 100% that dogs are filthy creatures (created by men, not nature), animals that are huge pollutants with no useful purpose. If possible, please share with us the source your statistics regarding dog excrement polluting bodies of water. I haven’t found that yet. Any other official statistics would be great, too.

          The most important part of your comment is about we, non-dog-owners, being not so organized. Well, it seems to be changing and this web site is a little contribution together with this and this and others. What is needed is for all to get together and strongly voice our concerns to the authorities that could do something useful. We are going in that direction but there is a long way to go. Unlike dog owners that just live for their pooches, we civil tax-payers have a fulfilling life to both work and enjoy, with humans. Our time is precious.

          Finally, quite interesting your assertion: “the reason many homeless people have dogs is because the mutts keep their hovels under bridges and in back alleys free of human excrement and vomit by eating it.”

        • I agree, and I am trying to get us all together to start working towards total pet free residential options. Anyone can join me and we can start working on laws, developments and other activities that may result in pet free living environments for us that wish to live such a life. Buy a town I say!

          • MrMAD says:

            Let me be the first to join!

            How can we do that? Do you already have a blue print or something? I have many tidbits on my files (a large collection or related info on these current dog lunacy.)

            We could share resources, info, I’m already even getting money offers from people to help them (and no, money is not my goal here, really not, but at some point we will need some financial resources).

            By coincidence, I just update my contact form so that interested people could contact me in total privacy, with nothing of it going to the general discussion, like this one. The address is here: Contact Us.

            Perhaps we could open a Yahoo Board Discussion or a private wiki (in this site or anywhere else). I think many other influential people would like to join us. Actually, this is the most important thing of all: Joining our Forces. We can not keep working alone, it doesn’t work.

            Please let me know. We have a lot in common.

          • S says:

            Count me in! I will do anything I can to work toward dog-free neighborhoods.

          • S says:

            I can’t help thinking that there will be major aggression from dog advocates who will insist on bringing in fake “service” dogs (or even “therapy” dogs) and will file lawsuits if they are denied admission. Even dog owners don’t like living near other people’s dogs, so they will want to join our neighborhood. But they will want to bring THEIR dogs, and come up with lame half-truths and ridiculous letters from therapists to claim their NEED for a dog, and if we discriminate against them, they will ruin us.

            What can we do, then, to be exempt from the much-abused nondiscrimination laws that require allowing dogs under the ADA?

            I’m thinking the best way to control who lives in your neighborhood, without being subject to legal abuse, is to establish an Intentional Community.

            Such communities are set up for the sole purpose of living amongst like-minded folks, often based on political, social, or religious views. It seems to be tolerated, and these communities seem to be allowed to set their rules and discriminate on these bases.

            It would be nice to have such a community for those who do not own dogs, or allow dogs to visit. And when a member of the community moves away for any reason, they will sell their home ONLY to someone who agrees to the rule of no dogs, now or ever.

          • MrMAD says:

            There are already like-minded people working on this matter. A nice starting point here at http://quiet.org/ideas.htm

  • Matty Ridgeway says:

    In my local area, a plot of land for residential land is up for tender for residential development. If I was in the position, and of course, only dreaming here, where I won $30 million dollars lets say, then I would buy this land and fence it off for the sole purpose of building a total pet free residential zone. IO should post the details and send the idea off to developers as an experiment. I reckon it would sell quickly! Anything is possible, but only if we persist I supose.

    • MrMAD says:

      No-pets communities, gated an walled, would be our only recourse for a safer and quieter living. Ah, and it would have to be faaaaar away from outside neighbors who certainly have mutts (ODORs are unable to stay away from normal people, always need to show they are ‘special’).

      I know of such a place but they are a religious group that only accept members of their own church denomination. It’s a nice place, about 30 residences, wooded, safe streets, even bordering a natural reserve on one side, but guess what, basically all the residences surrounding that gated community have dogs, large ones for ‘security’, so ruining it for everyone inside.

      A dog-free community wouldn’t be with no attacks from dog lunatics either. They would do whatever they could to enter that place, or destroy or attack or whatever we can only imagine.

      Anyway, we do have to start considering them, either by contacting real state developers or winning the lottery, which would be almost the same thing.

      We must never lose faith.

      • S says:

        Sadly, I’m afraid you’re right about the attacks from obnoxious dog owners. What they would do is try to send someone in with a “service” dog (likely fake, although they might recruit someone with a genuine one) and then file a lawsuit if they are denied entry. And thus the whole thing is ruined.

        Although, if I could live in a community with ONLY service dogs (real ones), who are as well trained and well behaved as real service dogs certainly should be, that would be a big, big improvement!

        I spent today very ill and desperately trying to sleep, only to be awakened frequently by the needless barking of the dog next door. :(

      • Peter Bright says:

        “Dog-Free Communities” is one of three international online petitions that may be accessed and signed here:
        http://pebri.net/index_13.htm

  • Vivian says:

    I have the same problems as you here. Most notably barking hell.

    Maybe if we could get some famous people, like Hollywood actor/actress, to help us to beneits of NOT having a dog and thus living in a peaceful area. Just an idea.

    There must be a few who are not crazy for dogs. There must be.

    Others:
    - Journalists
    - Radio hosts
    - … just dreaming.

  • irene says:

    Wow.. the hell you had to go through.. I have considered selling my house that I love for the same reason.. There is a bimbo ( that is what I call this bitch of a women with her 2 barking hounds), leaves her house and that’s when the barking starts. So when I call the cops they say that they cant do anything coz she isn’t there.. so I call the code enforcer.. he does NOTHING either. so does the dog officer.. It is incredible. This has been going on for years.. I went around and got a petition going. and was going to bring it to a town meeting..
    It definetly affects quality of life.

    • MrMAD says:

      Welcome to the cause, Irene.

      Sorry to hear you are similarly living through the same ordeals that I had, a constant, daily nightmare.

      You are doing the right thing, you are fighting back. Keep on!

      However, like I just said to another poster here, one nice thing you could do is, after calling the police and they not solving the problem with the usual “sorry, we can do nothing”, start faxing their non-emergency number every day there is an occurrence. Some resilient other people are *also* faxing the mayor’s office. Keep those faxes and take them to your town meeting. You may have some sort of an appropriate response, and action, by the city. If no solution, I hope you could hire a good lawyer.

      All the best!

  • S. D. Martin says:

    Peter and KaD,
    Petition signed. Thanks for the link!

    I’m not at all fond of children, either, as most of the ones I see these days are undisciplined spoiled monsters.

    “Retirement communities” that don’t allow children DO allow dogs, but generally only breeds under 35 pounds, which means those shrill annoying LITTLE yapshits. Ugh. We can’t all afford to move out to the country on a 25-acre or larger piece of property, so those of us who just want some peace and quiet are stuck with barking dogs and screaming brats.

  • Bill and Barb says:

    We have lived in our home for 28 years and invested $$$.Our neighbor began rescuing large breed dogs, which we had issues with and talked to them about as the problems occurred, they would rescue a few dogs every month and had 3-4 dogs of their own. In 2011 they obtained a kennel license from the state of PA. Our area is zoned R-1 residential, they applied for a variance 1 year after getting licensed. They have housed as many as 40 dogs in the home and fenced in backyard. The township denied them as to the zoning, they are now appealing to common pleas court.We have had dogs attack our dog in our yard, barking and odor issues and witnessed a Great Dane being mauled and almost killed by two mastiffs,for a few things. We respect org. that save animals, we love dogs, but their house is 50 ft from our home, they use 1 of the 2 acres they own for the kennel, directly next to our back yard and house. They have support from people that do not live directly next to them, because they do save dogs, but they both work full time and leave these dogs in their home unattended and not segregated for 8 hours or more each day. We do not know what is happening and worry the dogs will fight, they also charge $400 when they place these dogs, sometimes 3 a week, they are a non profit, the $ the receive is free of tax, they also take donations online. Our property value and our other neighbor next to them has declined. We hope that the judge will determine this is in the wrong place, they need more than (2)people the home owners, in their organization????? as they call it and as the zoning law states, more property(5) acres for a kennel and to abide by the set backs from other neighbors to operate this kennel/rescue? We are being talked very badly about on their facebook page by people who have no idea of the details, they just think we are being jerks and want to close the kennel/rescue, that they believe is doing such good work. Their followers think we should move, they bot their home after we did, there was no kennel next door or we probably would not have bot our house. There is a barking ordinance in place with a fine, but the township is reluctant to enforce any fines, while this court case is pending, another neighbor across the street, with her own barking dogs, who supports the kennel, when we filed a complaint, convinced our magistrate that the kennel neighbor dogs were not barking, This has been very costly in legal fees to us also, something that we should not have to worry about in a R-1 zoned area. We are sick about our property value and get sick to our stomachs whenever we hear sounds like we did the day the Dane was mauled. Thanks for listening and providing a forum for venting. Bill & Barb

    • MrMAD says:

      Bill and Barb, thanks for posting and I hope things have gotten better since then.

      So many wrong issues through your ordeal. The improper zoning, the disregard by the neighbor, the lies from the other neighbor (dog-owner nonetheless), the township reluctant to enforce any fines, the long time it’s taking…

      The nice point is that you are doing the right thing: you’re holding your ground. Even if you moved to a new place, without dogs today, nobody can guaranty there will not be dogs surrounding you after some time. You still have, great, chances to win this fight. Just don’t lose your faith.

      One suggestion I may add since you haven’t mentioned: record everything in video and audio. Different times of the day and night, days of the week. Do the same on the other lying neighbor to prove they are not people to be trusted, much less if they have lied in court.

      Another tactic that seems to be working, after you have called the police, is to fax then via their non-emergency number to report the problems as they occur. Save them, take copies to the court during your hearing. It will be quite difficult for a honest judges to refute them, even if they were dog lovers.

      To finish, in case they are posting (or allowing other people to post) false statements specifically against you anywhere, then you are able to sue them, your lawyer can explain. Sure, it is more money to spend but our sanity deserves it and you may recover the monies and possibly a bit more. We can Not be so nice to dog maniacs anymore.

      Well, I guess I said enough but what I really want to say is The Very Best of Luck to you, Bill and Barb.

      ps – Let us know of what happens.

    • This situation is nt acceptable. You need to post video evidence on YouTube and FaceBook. They may claim to be rescuers, but in fact, the dogs are put in greater danger because they are just being thrown together without any concern for the dog fighting and consequences of such. These “Rescued” dogs need to be rescued from these rescuers!

  • George says:

    I am a new home buyer and I liked a new home in a new community near to city. I signed a contract and gave earnest money check. After few days I came to know there is a Dog Lodge just behind the back yard. Dog Lodge is a vacation home of 400 to 600 dogs. Dogs remain inside in night but half of them outside in day. Is this a good idea to buy home there?

    • MrMAD says:

      Absolutely NOT!

      George, to start, just the amount of barking you would get is simply astronomical! Even 10% of their lowest capacity, 40 dogs, is enough to get anyone crazy, literally. You would be absolutely tortured by that noise in your own home. It doesn’t matter dogs are brought inside at night, the noise would be just as loud since there is less ambient noise at that time. You wouldn’t be able to sleep not even with triple-pane windows, earplugs and white noise machine, combined!

      Your backyard would be completely unusable. You couldn’t relax, invite your friends, much less make a barbecue!

      There are also the horrible smells, the flies, the diseases in the air, dogs escaping into your property, the potential danger of being bitten… you get the idea.

      On the topic of this post, if you bought it, you won’t be able to resell that house, nor quickly or for a fair price. Not even deaf people would buy it since even deaf persons can be affected by the toxicity of barking noise (I’m right now writing an article about it). Very probably you were offered a ‘great’ price on that house, right? Probably, because there is a reason, a really bad one. Actually a stream of them.

      In case you hired a realtor, talk to him and ask why you were not told about that. They have the obligation to inform you about such matters. You may try to get your money back, but don’t count on that. In case not, as a novice, this is one of the biggest mistakes buyers do when dealing with real state, not knowing the neighborhood. They just see the beautiful flowers in the front yard and the newly painted walls. The money you already paid, I would forget about it. Sorry.

      You seem to have some money, so do a favor to yourself and find another place. Far away from there. There are many others out there that won’t consume both your savings and sanity.

      George, I, and most here, would NOT live in that house even if that were given for free to us. Never, ever!

  • MrMAD says:

    It seems more and more people are having a hard time trying to sell their homes with barking dogs next door.

    This is reinforced by the number of people searching for it in the last few days:
    • do barking dogs next door lower my property value
    • cannot sell house neighbour dog barking rights
    • buy house with neighbor barking dog
    • selling a house near barking dogs
    • selling home with noisy dog next door

    As we all know, this time of the year, spring/summer, is when the real estate market starts to get back on full force after the winter time.

    Homeowners take longer to sell, get horrible offers – and a very low final price, – have to keep on with unnecessary expenses, even neighbors with No dogs also see the valuation of their own homes plummet, and the city loses a lot of money as well in the form of uncollected property taxes that simply vanished in the air together with the constant barking.

    Well done politicians (NOT).


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