Letter: Starlight barking needs to stop
I am a resident and homeowner in the city of Kingman. It is a great place to live, with friendly people, good shopping, clean air and beautiful star-filled evenings. My only complaint is that in the neighborhood where I live, all up and down the street, dogs bark day and night. One dog will start barking, which gets the rest of them going, and it doesn't stop for hours at a time. I have called the Sheriff's Office and was told it is not their jurisdiction, it is Animal Control's. I've gone down to Animal Control twice - once with a 90-minute cassette tape I made of the barking. Animal Control managed to keep the dogs quiet for a grand total of two days.
I realize that Animal Control cannot be constantly patrolling my neighborhood, but why not use older police vehicles and volunteers to work along with Animal Control? Fines from barking dogs' owners and higher dog licensing fees would cover the cost of extra patrols.
I have tried to get signatures from my other neighbors who are also disturbed by this constant barking, but to no avail. They are intimidated by the chance of repercussions from the dog owners. So I've been fighting this battle alone. Isn't there a noise ordinance in Kingman, so if the daytime barking has to be put up with, at least a citation could be issued for barking past 11 p.m.? I don't play my stereo or television loud enough to keep my neighbors awake. Why do I have to listen to dogs barking when I'm trying to sleep at night?