My neighbour has TEN DOGS which she NEVER walks

My nightmare neighbour keeps 10 dogs locked up in her house and we can’t sleep because of barking – should I call the police, or is moving the only solution?

  • One woman took to UK parenting site Mumsnet to vent her frustrations  
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One woman revealed that her ‘neighbour from hell’ has ten dogs in a two-bedroom house – which are never walked – sparking outrage on social media.

Taking to UK parenting site Mumsnet, the parent explained that she and her six-year-old had recently moved to a maisonette, revealing the dogs were ‘always inside.’

Seeing how the pets are treated, she fears that the owner is subjecting them to ‘animal cruelty’. 

‘Obviously barking is constant. Day and night,’ she wrote. ‘Our life is hell. Sleep deprivation is form of torture and it’s not fair on dogs to always sit indoors too.’

Other users were equally horrified by her revelations, with one commenting: ‘I would contact the police. Those poor animals.’ 

One woman revealed that her ‘neighbour from hell’ has ten dogs in a two-bedroom house – sparking outrage on social media (Stock image used)

She wrote: ‘I reported this to RSPCA, council, landlords however nothing is done.

‘Is my only option to move now? Is it animal cruelty to keep 10 dogs inside and never walk them?’

She said she was ‘growing desperate’ and asked for advice, adding: ‘My child is disabled and she can’t sleep at night begging me to stop barking.

‘The smell is unbearable too , it comes up to our house from downstairs.’

She went on to explain that the RSPCA had been around ‘five times’, but the neighbour wasn’t opening the door and ‘they have no power to force entry’.

In another post, she even said she had called the police after the woman left the dogs alone ‘for three days’.

‘They came after two days to do welfare check,’ the post said. ‘I’m desperate because I exhausted all I can, calling RSPCA, police, council, landlords and it’s like talking to brick wall.

‘They said such things take time, and I need to be patient.

‘But how much more patience can I have? Been seven months of hell and everyone is brushing my complaints off.

Taking to UK parenting site Mumsnet , the parent explained that she and her six-year-old had recently moved to a maisonette, revealing the dogs were ‘always inside’

‘RSPCA said if dogs were wondering around street they would take them. But since they’re inside it’s all fine.’

Begging for advice, she sought out any guidance on how to handle the situation. 

Commenters were horrified by the situation, insisting that it is indeed animal cruelty and urging the mother to keep contacting services.

’10 dogs? What kind of breed, that’s crazy,’ one penned. ‘Poor dogs… can the RSPCA not do more if they suspect neglect and I assume ten dogs in a small space not being walks is neglect?’

‘The housing association say nothing?’ another asked. ‘What about dog mess?’

Elsewhere a third person suggested the mother contact the local dog warden. 

However, many stressed that the dilemma will most probably drag on – and encouraged the woman to relocate.

‘I’d move, yes,’ one said. ‘This situation is unlikely to improve.’

Another asked: ‘Are you able to move? I know it’s another upheaval but I think it’s going to be very hard to fix.

Commenters were horrified by the situation, insisting that it is indeed animal cruelty and urging the mother to keep contacting services 

‘RSPCA generally won’t bother as long as an animal has shelter and food and isn’t suffering in pain for illness.

‘My only other idea is to contact your local MP or councillors.’

‘This is awful I’m so sorry,’ a person wrote. ‘I think the best solution is probably to move.

‘She sounds as if she has an animal hoarding disorder?’

More practical solutions also included trying to get noise-cancelling equipment. 

‘Is there anything you can do to sound proof, or would your child wear ear plugs or defenders to sleep?’ one asked.

‘Obviously that’s no good long term but I’m wonder if it might help short term?

In the comments the mother had also revealed that the situation is more dire that initially thought 

‘Long term I think you need to keep down the path you one with keeping up with the council, police and RSPCA, and add environmental health and the dog warden to the people to badger!

‘Are there any other neighbours you could get on side? Does this neighbour have any routine you’ve noticed? If she’s avoiding opening the door to the RSPCA could they arrange to be there just before she has to leave for work or something?’

Other ideas included asking other neighbours if they wanted to make a complaint, and making a case for health and hygiene as well as the wellbeing of her six-year-old. 

One person also suggested trying the police again, but this time expressing their worries for the neighbour in question, and her mental wellbeing.

In the comments the mother also revealed that the situation is more dire that initially thought. 

‘Before dogs she kept lots of birds in her shed,’ she explained. ‘She is well known to RSPCA.

‘And she is abusive she was stealing pension of elderly lady and assaulted her. Now she is waiting for trial. 

‘To be honest I’m scared of her!’

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