Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Reader mailbag: What to do about the dog that barks all day long

 Via the EVG inbox...

In the past few weeks there has been a dog (possibly dogs) that has been barking loudly, early, and all day from the shared courtyard toward the west side of the block between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place ... and First Avenue and Second Avenue.
It's a courtyard that is highly audible to everyone in the surrounding buildings, and people yelling outside the window haven't stopped whatever person is leaving their dog outside all day. 
Has anyone else had this problem, or know what can be done to help? Without a specific address or knowing which building is providing the courtyard access, there's no real way to report to the city through 311. Any neighborhood help is appreciated.

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15 comments:

JAMES said...

Leave a picture of Donnie Satan in-front of the dog's face. That will scare the SHIT out of him and get him to STFU.

Anonymous said...

Ugh, sorry, that must be really stressful. For both you and the dog... best of luck.

Anonymous said...

Leave a picture of the always barking dog on a flyer everywhere you can on your block!

Anonymous said...

seconding what 2:14pm said a drag for you and the dog who's obviously not being cared for,

the city has a 311 for animal noise and abuse https://portal.311.nyc.gov/article/?kanumber=KA-01087 so you should file a complaint either online or via the phone.

Courtyard noises suck the most cause it can take a lot of sleuthing to sort out where the sound is coming from due to the acoustics and the acoustics also amplify sound for some and dull it for others

But it's possible to find the source just got to stick with it then it's easier to report with a address, report it anyway they'll eventually send someone out to help you find the source

Please be diligent for your own sanity and the dogs well being,

the noise issues many of us are going through in the nabe right now are really frustrating and distressful

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for you and the poor dog. If you have a general ID of where it is coming from, post notes on the doors of buildings over there. I am sure someone else who is fed up will be able to tell you exactly where the courtyard is. From there, I would reach out to some local rescue groups with the address. They should be able to get in and get the dog if it is being tied up outside and left on its own all day.

Anonymous said...

Hmm so you can hear the dog but can't see him/her? Is the dog likely on the first floor or could it be a dog barking from a balcony on a higher floor? There's a yappy dog near me, but he's on the 4th or 5th floor so I imagine it must be a different one.

cookware66 said...

Are you sure that the dog belongs to someone? Or has it been dumped in the lot? If that's the case, there are several animal rescues that will help.

Anonymous said...

Shared courtyard? Are there not fences between the buildings? Did you ask your super to get access to the backyard from your building to start with? Otherwise, you'll just have to report to 311 all the addresses that have access to the backyard(s) and ask your neighbors...

Anonymous said...

Can someone over there ring some buzzers and get into the buildings and check out the courtyard? I am worried about this dog or these dogs. Maybe they are barking for help.

Anonymous said...

How long has the barking been going on ?
Days, weeks.. ?

Is it during certain hours or non-stop for the
whole entire day ?

Anonymous said...

Buy yourself one of those helicopter drones with the camera on it which are fairly inexpensive to purchase and fly it over every backyard and courtyard until you see the dogs that are barking. Then you will know which address to make the 311 complaints on and you can also speak to the building owner or superintendent about the barking dogs.

Anonymous said...

You've got to get back there and see what is going on...we had a similar situation upstairs where the owner was leashing the dog to a door knob before leaving, the dog would bark and jump on the door for hours, until one day it wrapped its leash around and around the knob jumping again and again and managed to hang itself.

Anonymous said...

Have the dog listen to a minimum of 200 hours of Fiona Apple and then feed it cream puffs. Oh, wait, that'll just make it bark more. Nevermind.

Anonymous said...

I'm near Astor Place so I don't think I'm hearing that barking, but I have definitely noticed a marked increase in the amount of loud dog barking from outside that I can hear from my apartment in the last couple of months, in particular barking that goes on for a long time (indicating that the dog is outside in the same spot for a long time and is not just more dogs being walked who bark sometimes). I am concerned - I know that dog ownership went way up during the pandemic and I'd expect to hear more intermittent barking, but barking for 30-60 minutes or more indicates that someone is leaving their pet alone in distress and that's not good for anyone.

Jen said...

OP here - thank you all! It is the inside of the block where each building has a fence and its own access, but not every building allows access (including mine). So I can't get eyes on the actual building (but oh, can I hear it). As soon as I have printer access I think I will poster, was just hoping someone else in the EV did have eyes or could lean out. I've lived here for 14 years the owners appear to have just moved in--they leave the dogs out in the morning starting around 7ish and mostly throughout the day, but take them in at night from what I can hear.