"Do you have a video camera's?" I would be very carefull' Voyerisim (sp) law's apply in most states. If you would not like camera's pointing at you all day, dont impose on someone else's rights. By all means catch him in the act of doing something malicious, just dont impose on someones right of privacy. Hopefully he will move. Or roll out'a bed hit his head and become a new man' You can always hope'
He can be sued for harassment and calling animal control and the police for making a false police report or making false allegations. This is against the law in most states. Then I would sue him in small claims court for defamation of character and bring all the documentation. I would also add to the law suit about the vet bills. You could get an attorney or do it yourself. In Florida small claims is like $200. He should really start to have to pay for abuse of the legal system. Then during the civil case (small claims court) I would ask the judge to make him pay for my dog's hip. The dog's hip injury is a direct result of his misuse of a firearm. If you have a homeowner's association I would show up to the next meeting WITH my dog and b*** about what he has done. People are pack animals. I am sure there are more people who do not like him Also go to the property appraiser's website in your town and see if he owns the property. Maybe he is a renter and you can contact the landlord. And finally,..oh.. you don't want to know. ... I was a paralegal/legal secretary for a long time.. the things you could do...he would never bother you again...
Harlygirlct yes i have cameras and I am gonna get another which can allow me to see at night. I do not feel I am invading anything or breaking any laws because the cameras only tape whats in my yard so i guess if he dont want to be taped he dont come in my yard. I dont know of any other problems wiyh other people beacause I live out in the country and he is the only person by me and everything else is corn fields. THANKS EVERYONE for the advice I am looking into all of it.I found out the next township meeting is the 3rd tuesday of every month. I will start there.
"My forte' But I see your all set. So I will save it for my back yard. Good luck with it all' Just be verycarefull the law is the law, I've been through this myself but I wont get into any of that fuzzy wazzy s***!
I have a similar neighbor. I have lived here for over 5 years in peace with my two dogs. The dogs are both female and are now 8 and 9 years old. This -erk moved in 2 years ago and started out with "polite" complaints that my one dogs barks "endlessly" during the day when I'm not home. No one has ever complained about my dogs barking, but I bought a "no bark" collar and that seemed to settle him down for a bit. Then he started complaining and leaving nasty messages on my machine that I was obviously not doing anything about the dog's barking. I bought an even stronger "no bark" collar, the kind that automatically adjusts with each bark, but this guy is relentless. He called Animal Control. They sent an initial letter, but nothing came of it. Now he sends me a certified letter saying that he is going to sue me because of my dogs' "endless barking" and claims that I don't clean up after them for weeks, and that the dogs have damaged our common wooden fence by "jumping and urinating" on the fence. Female dogs urinating on a fence? He insists I pay for a new fence, and get rid of the dogs. Ironically, the section of the fence beyond where my dogs are blew down in the wind about 6 months ago. He refused to recognize it, and I wound up hiring a contractor to replace the fence. The contractor put the fence EXACTLY where it was before, but this guy is claiming I lied and I did it just to move the fence to encroach on his property. The word is full of idiots. The fence deal is totally false, and I have many witnesses that I would win in court. But the dogs are vulernable to his lies. BTW - I just watched over 3 hours of videotape of my dogs - and I counted 5 barks spread out over 3 hours. Endless barking....yeah right!
Labndal, I had the same problem with my neighbor and the barking....luckily she has not called anyone yet...but at any rate ,I posted my problem on this forum and got some good advice... #1. keep the tv or radio on when you leave. #2. use a "safety" word everytime you leave that your dogs will begin associating with knowing you'll be back (I usually just say "Ill be back") #3. Keep something that smells like you, like a shirt or something, in their crate or pen or wherever you keep them when you leave. Hope this helps, otherwise just tough through it...there's not much you can do about a barking dog, and I know b----y neigbors can exaggerate (mine claimed she only had a problem with my dog barking on saturday mornings when i left, but I stay home on sat. mornings, and only left early one sat for a work emergency)
Well, if you can't get a video camera because of laws then get this (http://www.spyequipmentguide.com/fake-surveillance-camera.html) And make sure he sees it lol. What an assh*le neighbor to live with. Im glad my new neighbors aren't like that. Make sure you let all the 3 vets know about the animal control coming over to your house suituation and the next time they come over, give them the number of all the three vets so that they can make sure that you apbt is not suffering. good luck!
Well I got the video camera and guess what? The dogs do not bark "all the time". They bark at the gardener who comes by once a week and does our lawn and the lawns of about 5 of our other neighbors. Even then, it is not a constant bark. She will bark 4 or 5 times, and then be quiet for a minute or two, then bark about 8 times and then will be quiet. She only does this when the gardener is on our lawn. She also barks when the pool maintence service comes into our back yard. Other than that, she will bark occasionally. I logged down 3 barks, and then silence for an an hour or two. Then perhaps 5 barks, and then she is quiet. I think she barks because someone is walking in front of our house. But in the background you can hear all the other neighborhood dogs barking, and some of them bark for 5 minutes at a time. On the video, I also saw the fence being hit and shaken from neighbor's side near the dog. Then I saw him climb up on something to look directly into our yard where the dogs are. It would appear he tries to provoke the dogs. And yes, I am saving these tapes!!!!!
Two words come to mind - privacy fence. Even if it's just on that side of your yard for now, I'm sure it would give you peace of mind. We did this a few years back with in dealing with a neightbor who thougth it was normal to barbeque at 2:30 in the morning with flood lites in his backyard. Police would come -m lites go out. Police leave - lites back on. Some people don't have a clue.
When I moved into my neighborhood eight years ago, I owned two georgeous standard poodles. A neighbor objected to their barking and wrote me nasty notes about my "poodle mixes." She (I eventually found out who it was) went to the Neighborhood Stabilization Authority and complained. She demanded that I put muzzles on my dogs every time they went outside. I started keeping my dogs in during the hours she said she needed to sleep, and she still complained. I had animal control, the forestry department, the building inspector and the health inspector out to my house. They found nothing wrong. This woman kept complaining bout my "poodle mixes." Grrrrr. When I offered to do mediation with the Neighborhood Stabilization Officer, she declined. She had the stones to harrass me and leave me nasty notes in my mailbox, but she could not sit down with me face-to-face. Just when I thought I couldn't stand it anymore, something very nice happened. She died.