Neighboring animal clinic's barking noise is out of control

user333October 8, 2008

There's an animal clinic right next to my condo, and the treatment area has a clear vent right by my unit. They let dogs bark all day long and it is extremely disturbing.

If a neighbor's dog barking all the time is bad, then different dogs making noise throughout the day is really bad.

I have talked to them directly and they have been very uncooperative and defiant, such as "nothin' we can do, animal clinics are loud, train tracks are loud" and "we were here before your complex".

For many years, the regulatory agencies couldn't touch them. The city told me animal noise is in the jurisdiction of the county animal dept, the county told me the animal clinic is exempt, because it's a kennel like facility.

Finally, the loop hole has been plugged and city amended its ordinance to include "animal noise from commercial facilities" into enforceable matter. Only after complaining to the city, the animal clinic reduced noise during late night/early mornings, but they continue to make disturbing noise from about 7AM to 9PM, Monday through Saturday, sometimes on Sundays.

So, when I wake up, it's their damn barking, When I get home I get an earful of barking. If I'm home one day, I hear the barking all day long. I have the windows tightly closed, but with the vent opening for treatment area being right by it, it's still disturbingly loud.

The fact their facility pre-dated our complex should not matter and a city noise officer agreed. It's just like you can make all the noise you want and not have anyone complain while the house next to yours is vacant, but it doesn't mean that if someone moves in, you can continue to make noise that would disturb them.

So, animal clinic lets dogs bark all day. They're completely uncooperative. City has ordinances but its taking them months after months and the problem is not resolved.

Any advise?

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    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 4:05PM
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As Lucy said, Move. The vet was there before you. Why should the vet move and inconvience his customers because you moved in and don't like his business?

Your main complaint is with the city that granted the permit to build residential next to an existing business.

You remind me of the people who built their dream McMansion next to a farm, then complained to the highest levels of government that the farm animals were noisy and smelled like animals. They lost and moved.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 8:35PM
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"We were here before your complex" sums up the situation. Move.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2008 at 1:18PM
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Buy ear plugs or move. If the vet clinic was there first, then you should have had an inkling what was going to happen after you moved in.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 10:37PM
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I'll echo the above.

The animal clinic isn't "letting" the dogs bark. They are a business which caters to and houses numerous dogs. Dogs bark. Your comparison to making noise next to a vacant house doesn't hold water, as this is not a residence, it's a business. A business that was there before you moved in, and was there before your building was even built. I say shame on you for hassling the business owner! Buy ear plugs or move.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2008 at 1:14PM
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It looks like User333 must have moved. LOL. He hasn't been back with any updates to his situation.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2008 at 11:27AM
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