Originally Published: June 12, 2008 10:20 p.m.
I am writing this letter to plead with the folks out there who have dogs who bark continuously because they are stuck on a leash in their backyard with nowhere to go but to the end of that leash. Perhaps they will be lucky enough to be off the leash but stuck in a dog pen day in and day out, or maybe just maybe they can roam freely in their backyards, but still, they have no exercise, discipline or affection from their owners. How lucky these dogs are - NOT.
To the owners of these dogs I ask you: Did the "cuteness factor" wear off when that little puppy turned into a dog that required more attention then you were willing to give it? Do you care that you are disturbing your neighbors? Are you teaching your kids the importance of responsible dog ownership? How did you learn the ability to not even hear your dog bark for hours on end?
I have been educated by Animal Control on how many overwhelming nuisance barking calls they get each day and I am amazed.
Please don't think I don't love dogs, because I do. I have my little "pack" that I am committed to and I do my best to be a responsible dog owner. I just wonder about these neighbors, why do you have these dogs?