Note the dogs in question had ALSO been off leash, using my front yard as a toilet, overturning my trash cans and digging holes all over my property.
Note that names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent!
Feel free to plagarize... if a variation of this helps your case then more power to you! Again, I do NOT advise contacting the neighbor face-to-face... that is a mistake that can have deadly consequences. Consider my "Dangerous owners" essays for more information on that.
" John Q Public
9999 xxxxx Blvd.
AnyPlace, FL 32999
Mr. and Mrs. crappy dog owner
9998 xxxxxx Blvd.
AnyPlace, FL 32999
RE: Animal control issue. Sent via Certified Mail 11/3/2010
October 29, 2010 (updated 11/3/2010)
The purpose of this letter is to notify you that you have been broadcasting loud, unnecessary pet noises into my home and I demand that you stop doing so immediately. This problem has been apparent for approximately 4 months.
Pursuant to our prior, in-person conversation(s) on 9/27/2010, 10/27/2010 and 11/2/2010 regarding this issue, I am putting the situation in writing so there is no misunderstanding as to my position. This letter is primarily a summary of what we’ve already discussed with a few other facts added for emphasis. I suggest you read this letter in its entirety and contemplate what I am saying carefully before you come to any conclusions.
When I refer to “Pet” or “Pet’s” I am contemplating the yellow dog you acquired around late June of this year.
First, I am going to make 5 statements to you. I don’t mean to provoke, insult, or sound threatening, but this needs to be said. These 5 statements are not debate points or anything I am going to argue further:
1) Your pet/barking dog noises have been penetrating my home. This happens frequently, for long durations, and is not welcome. There have been barking incidents in excess of one hour in duration. I can hear them/it loud and clear inside my house with the doors and windows shut. As a result of this I have been awakened prematurely, have had my work disrupted, had telephone conversations disrupted, and have been subject to various other hardships and disruptions. This is seriously impacting my quality of life. As a matter of fact, it disrupted me while I was composing this letter!!
2) You are required by law to confine your pet’s noises to your space. Pursuant to (1), your pet’s noises should not be penetrating into my home: Doing so is in violation of St. Johns county ordinance 89-62. Refer to attachment “Table 1” and Section 5, Subsection “ee” in attached county ordinance 89-62 (highlighted page 2 and page 4). To summarize, if the noise level you are generating exceeds a given level *at the property line*, you are committing an actionable offense. I’m confident that, if your pet is clearly audible inside my house with everything closed up (doors shut, windows shut, blinds drawn, etc…), it certainly exceeds the acceptable limit at the property line (street line). Consider that, irrespective of the county ordinance, such things can be actioned in civil court.
3) I have a *right* to peaceful enjoyment of my home. The noise level inside my home is for me to control, not you or anyone else. You’ve been broadcasting noises into, and thereby raising the noise level, inside my home without my permission. Any opinions of anyone other than *me* regarding the noises in question are totally irrelevant: When at home, I should only be listening to what *I* want to listen to. I don’t want my home awash in the sound of your barking dog(s).
4) It is self-evident that the pet in question has become a nuisance. I dislike the fact that I’ve had to deal with this in any way or at any level. It’s general knowledge that, when living in the suburbs, pet owners are required to restrain their pets and keep them quiet. The pet in question barks in an explosively loud manner that can be heard through closed windows, multiple walls, and distances of several hundred feet. This situation should not have erupted in the first place.
5) The pet noises in question serve no purpose. Your pet barks frequently, loudly, unreasonably, and unnecessarily. Your pet, at present, is not a legitimate watchdog. The constant “false alarms” are a nuisance that needs to stop. Consider that as I write this, your dog is barking and there is no one in the immediate vicinity, certainly not a crime in progress.
UPDATED ON 11/03/2010: Regarding our conversation on 11/2: Consider that this problem is entirely your fault. You are the ones who need to modify their behavior, not me. *I* have broken no laws. *I* have not violated your space in any way. *I* have been nothing but polite to you. So, before you make this personal, you should consider that I’ve done nothing to you. I have done nothing to you while you have disrupted my life in many ways. You, on the other hand: You have created a nuisance. Your failure to properly restrain your pets has caused me numerous problems. You have disrupted me and offended against me repeatedly even after I have asked you to not do so. You have wasted a considerable amount of my time and other resources. You are the one’s breaking the law(s). You have been hostile, rude and argumentative with me. You blatantly ignored the letter I left for you yesterday. YOU are the offender. YOU created this problem. Consider what you would do if you were me.
You apparently did not read the letter I left for you on 11/2, even though you’d previously requested that I send a note/contact you directly instead of contacting authorities. You returned it to my mailbox in what appeared to be an unopened condition. In any case, I do know that you did not give me the information I requested, your contact telephone numbers. I left you that note in response to an incident that afternoon where my work was disrupted yet again by your out of control pets: They had escaped their pen, were barking loudly and furiously for an extended period, and interfering with the water company meter reader. There was no one around, besides myself, to restrain them or look after them. I did you a huge favor yesterday and you repaid that by being rude and argumentative with me on my own front porch.
That said, I do not intend to give you any more flexibility on this. I have had it. I am not going to debate this further. I am not going to because, in your words “I don’t have to!!” From now on, when you offend against me I am going to contact the proper authorities: You may save your foolish arguments and hostile attitude for them, but I’m sure they will appreciate that even less than I. If this persists long term I will consider litigation. Despite what you may think, reporting an offense is not itself an offense, in fact it’s what I SHOULD do. I’m confident it’s what you would do if you were me.
I also intend to continue to document any offenses against me. I have a right to record, tape, photograph, make note of, etc… anything that can clearly be seen and/or heard from my property. If you want me to stop documenting your offenses, you should simply stop offending.
Again, I request you cure this problem before I am forced to action it further.
John Q Public"