Dog’s barking causing angst for neighbors

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BRIGHTON, Colo. -- A new neighbor moves into an Adams County neighborhood and brings with him a furry, four-legged friend with some loud vocal chords.

A nearby family says they're at their wits end over the dog's incessant barking.

But they're finding it's not so easy to get the owner to silence the chronic yelping.

Jim Siedlecki with Adams County says if a dog barks for 10 minutes, it’s a nuisance violation, and it can take action.

Helen Pflaum says their neighbor's dog barks sometimes for several hours.

Yet, the problem persists.

There's no shortage of barking inside the Pflaum home--with two dogs, it's a natural part of life.

But it's what's outside their home in the 6600 block of Monaco Way that has Helen begging for help.

"Just think if you woke up one morning and heard constant barking all the time even with the TV on, with the back TV, and still hear that," she says.

Bear is a mastiff with a penchant for persistent yapping.

"The dog, the first day, barked for like six hours straight, which was shocking and disrupted everything," says Helen.

So they left a note for the owner without success. Then, they resorted to calling Adams County Animal Control.

“We responded issuing a warning ticket to the dog owner and followed up again when another complaint came in December," says Siedlecki.

They have since made five attempts to ticket him, but he's never home.

And that's what Helen finds so frustrating.

"There should be better things in place to get that to stop. I know there’s tickets and stuff. But I don’t want him to have to pay tickets. I just want the dog not to bark anymore," she says.

The county says it might have an idea.

"We are also going to try use our mediation service to have these neighbors sit down with an independent third party for a solution where everyone can have a happy ending," says Sieklecki.

Helen hopes somehow someone can quiet the constant racket that's invaded the sanctuary of her home.

"This is where you come to be comfortable, to be at home, to be at peace. Everybody deserves to be at peace."

We stopped by the dog owner's home and he wasn't there.

Siedlecki says he works long hours as a delivery driver.

He also told the county he put his dog on anxiety medication. But it doesn't appear to be working.

Worst case scenario, the county could impound the dog if the owner were to repeatedly ignore its attempts to fix the problem.