This is a bit of a rant.
I have a near neighbour - who has three dogs on their block. There is a SWF that lives in the front yard, and gets daily walks by the girlfriend.
And there is a boxer and a staffy who live out the back - belong to the daughter who mostly lives in Queensland or out bush and doesn't look after these dogs. They've been there two years or so maybe longer.
There is a small space out the back - it's all paved. There's a nice big shed for shelter but no lawn left. It's about the same as a court yard block because of all the sheds and caravans in the yard.
And these two dogs never get walked. Ever. Because the lady who owns the SWF - is scared to walk them. She thinks they are dangerous. I can't tell.
They bark at everybody who walks past - and stop when they're gone.
On Tuesday night - around 3am - they barked for an hour solid according to my neighbour who is closer to them. I had a big night out that night, and I didn't hear them, and my dog didn't say anything about it.
Last night my dog goes off at 3am (ARGH).
I'm thinking something is lurking in our neighbourhood at some stupid hour of the morning (been a lot of graffiti around but it could be something else - like fighting cats).
So to the rant bit. The SWF lady comes around to my nearer neighbour - and asks about the noise on Tuesday morning - and gets told by both of us - just how much the dogs bark - but we didn't put the note in her letterbox (someone did).
I said she could get a trainer in like Mark Singer.
She said the dogs were 8 and 10 years old and nothing could be done.
That's when I got even more mad at her. I'm mad at her for not walking the dogs (and the bloke that owns the place doesn't either).
I'm mad at her because there is no way they have permission to have 3 dogs on the place, and even though she said the QLD dogs were registered - they're probalby not registered as living there and her dog probably isn't either.
And now I'm mad at her for not trying to sort the barking problem now that someone has complained.
I'm pretty sure I know who would have complained - I might go talk to him about it. All us neighbours here know each other by name and temperament.
And I think what SWF owner (and her boyfriend and his daughter) is doing is dog neglect but I'm not sure it's enough for me to think the dogs would be better off dead. Not sure. They were very quiet yesterday but barking again today - at people walking home from the nearby bus stop.
Options I have: I can stick training stuff in the letterbox, I can talk to the council about whether they do actually have dogs registered there, and I can talk to them about the barking and I can talk to the RSPCA about the neglect. Though I don't think it is bad enough for the RSPCA to do anything. I feel like these dogs are doomed no matter what I do.
What would you guys do?