Bad neighbor can cost you when it’s time to sell

Consider contacting authorities if pet filth is deterring buyers

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DEAR BARRY: My neighbor's dogs inhabit a small 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 am afraid that this unsanitary condition will deter buyers. What, if anything, can be done to convince my neighbors to eliminate this problem? --Wayne DEAR WAYNE: Your neighbors are apparently not eligible for the pet owners' good citizenship award. Hopefully, the public nuisance they have created will arouse the dissatisfaction of the municipal authorities in your area. Aside from the practice of cruelty to animals, your neighbors are generating a potential health hazard. If these miscreants refuse to correct these conditions in a decent and acc...