Letter: Dogs disturbing the peace
I’d like to address this letter to the person/persons who think it’s O.K. to let their hunting dogs run in the Glebe (especially the Bendall Lane area) at 2:30-5:30 almost every Sunday morning. I have no problem with hunting dogs running through the woods or occasionally through the property during the day or early evening hours.
But I and my neighbors (who, by the way, all have our own dogs) do object to you letting them run and disturbing our peace at this hour of the morning. Our dogs hear them and begin barking and howling in return. And in case you think they are in a wooded area, let me assure you they are not. I have caught them right outside my bedroom deck, howling and barking like crazy. This is a residential area of nothing but houses and the road ends here at the water.
So far I have resisted calling the police, but now it is becoming a regular occurrence and is very upsetting. Next time this happens, I will either go out looking for you or call the police.
I find it hard to believe you belong to the hunting club that is in this area—we have never had a problem with those gentlemen before. But on the chance that you are, I am asking the other members of your club to please have you stop this and let us in the area get our sleep and continue our good relationship.
I have seen two dogs. If I have to confiscate them if possible I will and you will have to either get them from me or the pound. I don’t want to do this: I am an animal lover and especially a dog lover. But this is getting to be a big problem. I have guests and we are all being kept up by this.
Please do the right thing and do not run your dogs in this area at this time of the morning. I’m sure you’re a working person. How would you like to have to go to work after being up all night with howling dogs outside your windows and in your bedroom? I love Mathews and all its charm and I want to maintain a good relationship with all my neighbors in Mathews, but enough is enough.