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Anonymous:Hi guys, this week I got a letter from the council to inform me they received a complaint from my neighbour about my dog barking 24/7! This is a complete lie because we don't leave our dog alone during the day, there's always someone with him and we always see what's going on. We don't let him out roaming in the yard early in the morning and late in the evening for the very purpose of not disturbing our neighbours. When he barks, it means he needs something or he was disturbed by something like a siren of a passing car. Has anyone encountered a similar situation? What should I tell the council and what consequences can this complaint have for us? Any help will be greatly appreciated!
Before they take any legal action they'll need to conduct noise observations at different times on different days. That means sitting in a car near your house and noting when and how long your dog barks. They can also install noise monitoring equipment in your neighbor's house to collect evidence about the problem. Therefore, if your dog doesn't bark, I wouldn't worry. Just ask them to provide evidence to back up their claims.
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