Several Tasmanian victims of long-term barking are preparing an account of their experiences
for publishing here.
If you feel that publishing your own experiences may help others deal with their own situation
please join one of the anti-barking discussion groups that you can see listed here
A resident of Kingston (Kingborough council) was plagued with day and night barking for 12 years
while his council refused to address the general problem in his area.
It would investigate a complaint about a specific dog if it was formalised with a fee, as per
Tasmania's Dog Control Act 2000, but while "monitoring from a distance" occasionally confirmed the
offence the usual result was a letter from the council declaring that the offences alleged were not
confirmed during these periods.
"These periods" were random attendances by council's animal control officers briefly stationing their
vehicle some distance from the premises allegedly containing the dog. The implication behind such
a manoeuvre is that a dog barks continuously, and no dog ever does that. The statistical probability
of confirming an offence under these conditions is extremely low.
Fearful of adverse repercussions against its reputation should something go awry, this council
refused to addess the general problem in the area. The resident eventually moved out.
A resident of Glenorchy (Glenorchy City Council) was distressed by chronic barking from dogs left
unattended across the road. His wife was similarly distressed and so were this couple's neighbours.
Complaints to the GCC were futile. Eventually they became so numerous that the council started to
Tasmania's Dog Control Act contains simple provisions whereby barking and other offences may be
stopped within one hour of notification - the time it takes authorised persons (generally a council's
animal control officers and/or the police) to arrive at the premises and remove the dog.
The extremely defiant offender was able to continue offending because the council's prosecutions
failed until eventually, they succeeded. The offender was ordered to pay fines and penalties
estimated by the complainant to be in the vicinity of $50,000
The Glenorchy City Council's incompetence allowed this problem to continue for SIX years before
peace and quiet were finally restored to the area.
An elderly resident of Grindelwald village is still distressed by nearby dogs barking at the
local wildlife. Half a dozen formal complaints to the West Tamar Council have not resolved
the problem and it has now been ongoing for six years.
Because this council claims its investigations have not substantiated the offences it has
swiped all this pensioner's complaint fees and refuses to return them. On one occasion it
refused to accept her complaint fee at all.
Enquiries reveal that the council has no intention to alleviate this pensioner's distress which
is sometimes so severe she has to sleep on her kitchen floor to reduce the impact of the
Here's a succinct comment from another lady tormented by next-door barking for seven years:
Noise that is transient is totally different from noise which goes on endlessly.
Knowing we have no control over a dog's barking is something which generates anger.
Knowing someone else (the owner) could excercise control over it, but doesn't, generates
even more anger.
You can tolerate something you know is only temporary, whether it's for a few minutes, or
even a few hours. But when it continues like a life sentence it becomes unbearable.