Spring has sprung, barking has begun

Thursday March 21, 2013

I would like thank all of the responsible dog owners of Pittsfield for taking the time to train, walk (with a leash, of course), poop-scoop, play, and pay attention to your dog. Your neighbors are truly grateful for your devotion to your pet. This letter, however, is for the handful of irresponsible dog owners who have infiltrated our peaceful neighborhood and have been slowly destroying our quality of life.

They do this by letting their dog out at 5:30 in the morning until 12 at night with no regard for their neighbors who might be trying to sleep. They let their dog bark excessively which means they are not paying attention to their pet. There are many people who work the night shift such as nurses, doctors, police officers, and others who work irregular hours and need to sleep during the day. There are people who have chronic illnesses and have chosen to die at home with the help of hospice, and instead of these people having peace in their home they are listening to their neighbors’ dogs for hours on end.

Can we follow the neighborly hours of no noise before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.? If you need to let your dog out before or after that time please stand there and wait for your dog to do its business. This way it does not have to bark to get your attention. If you walk your dog for at least 20 minutes a day it should take care of dog anxiety and your dog’s barking should be reduced. If you work all day, especially in the summer months, please leave your front windows closed with the shades drawn so your dog is not barking at every person who walks by your house. Leaving your back windows open should be sufficient for your dog and give your neighbors some peace.

Please remember that you have purchased a home in a neighborhood and that everyone should be considerate of their neighbors. And in case you’re wondering, I have owned two well-trained dogs!

If animals in your neighborhood are impacting your quality of life, please call Animal Control at 281-8416.




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