Dogs bark, just like people play their stereos too hard and tend to have room-shaking s.x when they live directly above you. The latter seems difficult to circumvent, but a New Jersey congregation has decided to tackle the first city, making it unlawful for dogs to bark at certain hours.
According to the New York Times, residents of the prosperous Saddle River, New Jersey, were fed up with three dogs living in a 20,000-square-foot mansion that (nice fact!) Once belonged to Russell Simmons. The dogs, two German shepherds and a Belgian shepherd apparently cannot stop barking because they are dogs, and that is what dogs do.
But rich people like to make rules, and now the city council wants to make some big ones. Per the Times:
The City Council will soon consider a new ordinance that would make it illegal for dogs to bark, howl or howl for more than 20 minutes straight between 7 am and 10 am, or continuously for 15 minutes at another time. Sanctions for dog owners range from $ 100 to $ 1,000. A vote on the regulation was postponed at the end of last week for further discussion.
Apparently neighbors called the police of the Focazio family, who in total last year owned the offensive bark seven times in total:
Behind the Focazios, the Mone family lives in an approximately 5,000-square-foot house on Coltsfoot Glen. They say that their household, especially the oldest residents, both in the 80s, is awakened by the dogs at all hours.
“It’s a quality of life thing. Nobody gets it unless you live it,” said a member of the Mone family, who asked not to be identified to guard against abuse or trolling online by dog lovers. Attempts have been made to resolve the problem from neighbor to neighbor, the family member said, but when the dogs continued to bark, the police called. Several times.
So three big dogs are annoying for some people in a big house and now all dogs in Saddle River have to pay the price. There are many ways to keep dogs from bark-vibrating collars, for example, and ultrasonic devices, and good old-fashioned training. But it still seems wild to me that people think they can prohibit barking, given that I can’t even ask my landlord to ask the taco shop below to stop blowing at nine o’clock in the morning music.