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Question DetailsAsked on 6/17/2014

Legally, what can be done about incessant barking dogs at neighbors house? I live in Chicago

Large dogs, sweet in a way, scary at times (pit bulls) are probably overly anxious for playing with someone have started to "know us" as neighbors and when outside, there's less barking. However, when owners are away, even (as they tell us) the bigger dog is caged, he can see out the back window and if you are in/around the yard, if anyone passes in the alleyway, there's incessant, annoying barking. you'd think the dog would have lost his voice/larynx by now. It is THAT bad! Besides having spoken to the owners, they aren't doing anything--do I risk getting a no bark unit for my yard? Do they really work? Do we corral the other neighbors to do something collectively? We are animal lovers, we like the dogs, but really, it's beyond annoying now that it's warmer out, windows open, etc. Ideas? NOTE: apparently others are upset too, recently owners and we found poison DCON pellets strewn on fence and garage lines. It wasn't us, coulda' been kids, NOT good, NOT right. Thx

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Google this search phrase - dog noise reporting Chicago - and you will find a number of articles on the exact issue, including a couple of legal analyses on the laws in Chicago and the website link for filing a report with animal control.

Commonly, to get a warning letter issued, it usually takes a formal written complaint be filed - some jurisdiction will take by phone. For an animal control officer visit and in-person warning usually two complaints from different people and addresses within a short time period is needed. Commonly to get a cease and desist order issued takes firm documentation - a number of affadavits from neighbors, or one (preferably several) recording or videos (better as can prove which dog it was) proving the barking exceeded legal amount of time. Then after that, ANOTHER round of proof before they issue a citation and fine, typically.

The downside - your complaint will be public info, so the neighbor will know who complained. My opinion - if they are crazy or suicidal enough to have a pit bull (bet I catch some flack for this), you might not want to mess with them.

As for no bark unit - I have never heard of one that works at a significant distance (more than 50 feet or so) or to an adjacent house without the no-bark collar on the dog that jolts it when it barks.

Simplest initial solution if neighbors are not "bad" neighbors - tell them what is happening, and that dog locked inside barks at everything going by and could they pen it up in a room where it cannot see outside when they are gone, or if caged draw blindsor curtains so it cannot see outside ? If that will mitigate it to acceptable levels, then that would be a good starting point.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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