>I am asking this anonymously because I am reaching the end of my patience and may
>take drastic measures.
>I have a next door neighbor with two dogs of her own and she also dogsits for other
>people. All these dogs bark loud and constantly. I've spoken to her politely about it. She always apologizes and promises to do something, but
>This has been going on for two years. It's driving me crazy.
>I don't want to create neighborhood hostility and possible retaliation, so it just continues.
>Does anybody know a way to handle this and keep civil relations with the neighbor?
Well, she obviously isn't a very good neighbor if she refuses to control her
dogs. Time for you to show her you can be a "bad" neighbor too.
Retaliation will end you up in jail probably. Is it worth it over 2 stupid
dogs? You WILL get caught doing something dumb.
Call the police. Tell them you are sorry, but this has been going on for 2
years and you are embarrassed to call them over dogs - but have no choice
They will gladly come out and talk to the lady (well, maybe not gladly...).
If this STILL doesn't work, keep calling the police. They'll get tired of it
too. Ask them what can be done so you don't have to keep calling them. They'll
tell you where to go from here.
Does she need or require a special license to keep a certain number of dogs at
her home? If she is running a "dogsitting business" on the side, you may have
recourse here. EPA regulations, BOH restrictions on # of animals, etc.
Another option may be the local animal control officer, or the SPCA.
Yes, you will permanently***of your neighbor. So what? She doesn't care
that she's pissing you off.