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Neighbor not stuck with dog stench

Seller should report mistreatment, health hazard to local authorities

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Dear Barry, My neighbor's dogs inhabit a chain link enclosure located behind my backyard fence. I don't believe anyone ever cleans this area, and the accumulated filth creates an unbearable stench. On days when I'm downwind, I don't dare open a window. Complaints to the owners have only produced anger and unfriendliness. They just warn me to mind my own business. To complicate matters, I'm now preparing to sell my home and fear that this unsanitary condition will deter buyers. What, if anything, can be done to convince my neighbor's to eliminate this problem? --Wayne Dear Wayne, Your neighbors are obviously not good candidates for pet ownership. Fortunately, the conditions they are promoting are likely to be of interest and dissatisfaction to the municipal authorities in your area. Besides practicing cruelty to animals, these dog owners are generating a significant health hazard and fostering a public nuisance. If they are unwilling to correct these conditions in a decent and accept...