What Happens When You Call Animal Control on a Neighbor—Get All the Deets
Did your new next-door neighbors bring a noisy pet with them? Do you suspect your neighbor might be abusing their pet? In this article, you’ll learn what happens when you call animal control on a neighbor. If the problem doesn’t go away, DoNotPay will help you make a demand letter to serve your bad neighbors.
Noisy neighbors can be annoying, but instead of filing a complaint or calling animal control right away, you should try other, more amicable methods to solve the problem. Maybe your neighbor wants to cooperate—try resolving the issue using one of the following methods:
- Talk to your neighbor
- Check if you’re the cause of the pet’s disturbance
- Involve a mediator
Before you take any serious action, try talking to your neighbor. Your neighbors probably already feel bad because of their barking dog. Also, two brains are more likely to come up with better ideas on how to solve the problem, and you might make a friend in the process.
The reason behind the pet making noise could be your actions. Try to determine the cause of the pet’s disturbance by referring to these potential issues and solutions:
Pets are rarely noisy for no reason. Did you notice anything wrong with the neighbor or the pet’s living conditions? Pay close attention to the animal’s health and appearance. The pet could be suffering from neglect or animal abuse.
If you’re not the cause of the issue, the neighbor doesn’t want to cooperate, and the noise doesn’t stop, you might have to involve a third party.
If you can’t talk it out with your neighbor, check who the person in charge of neighbor disputes is. The following people can be responsible for handling neighbor disputes:
- Your landlord
- The building manager
- Your local neighborhood association
If there is such a person, explain the issue and ask for the best solution. If there is no person in charge of neighbor disputes, check the house rules or local laws for recommendations on what to do.
It’s best to avoid calling animal control if you haven’t tried solving the problem on your own. Some of the situations in which you should always call animal control are:
- The pet in question seems sick or malnourished
- The pet has poor living conditions
- The owner doesn’t respond to your offers to resolve the issue calmly
- The owner doesn’t seem to care about the pet or the trouble it’s causing in the neighborhood
When you call animal control, officers will ask you to explain the issue thoroughly. If the officers believe your concern is valid, they will contact and warn your neighbor. Should the problem continue, your neighbor will receive a citation, which they can pay or challenge in court.
One final action you should try before taking your neighbor to court is to write a legal demand letter. Use a demand letter to request compensation for the damages you suffered and specify that you will pursue legal action if the neighbor doesn’t resolve the issue.
The quickest and most efficient way to write your demand letter is using DoNotPay. Sign up for DoNotPay and do the following:
- Type in Neighbor Complaint in the search bar
- Select the problem you’re having with your neighbor
- Provide more information about the issue—all the times it happened, your attempts at talking it out (if there were any), and the compensation you’re requesting
We will generate a custom demand letter for you and even mail it directly to your neighbor.
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