Barking dogs lead to neighbor dispute

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

BUCKEYE - A Valley man says non-stop barking is ruining his life. Dale Hoffman claims his neighbors' dogs are making his life miserable. And as 3TV found out, there's not much he can do about it because of where he lives.

Hoffman says for months he's been trying to find a solution for his noisy neighbors. He lives about 70 yards from the house on S. 203rd Avenue, where the two dogs live outside in the backyard. Hoffman says the dogs bark all night long and keep him up. He says he's complained numerous times to Maricopa County Department of Animal Care and Control.

The Maricopa County Department of Animal Care and Control released a statement to 3TV that read in part: "in unincorporated areas...barking dog calls are one of the lowest priorities and often tie up critical resources."

Meantime, the dogs' owners told 3TV over the phone that that is the very reason they moved to southern Buckeye, because it's rural, and their dogs protect the property 24/7. They went on to say they're often on the road, and the dogs are well taken care of and fed by other neighbors.

Hoffman argues he moved out to the country for peace and quiet, but that's hardly what he's getting. "It's a very loud bark, bark, bark, bark. Howling and then 20 seconds, it's the bark, bark, bark, bark. I mean, it's loud."

The Maricopa County Department of Animal Care and Control says the best way to resolve issues like this is to speak directly with the dogs' owners. Hoffman says he's going to go through the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and work on a mediation meeting.