I will start by saying I am not a pet person. We don;t have a pet currently and I don;t see us ever having one in the future. I love other people's pets as long as they are responsible for them.
However, we just moved this fall and two of the neighbors on our new culdesac are really irresponsible about their pets.
One has a large hound dog....that belongs to the husband, apparently the wife hates it and whenever she is home alone, she throws the dog in the backyard (no matter what the weather). When he is out alone he HOWLS, and HOWLS. Seriously it is really loud and sounds like he is being killed. It's not too bad for us if our windows are closed, but I cannot imagine how the people closer to them deal with it, and if your are outside it is really annoying. I understand that dogs bark occasionally, and have never had a problem with that, but this will go on for hours sometimes entire days.
The other neighbor has a small black dog, it really small, and they often let him out the front door to do his business, and forget about him. Apparently they don't like picking up poo in their backyard, and want it clean for the kids to play in. They leave him to wander the culdesac until they remember to open the door and call him back in. This also means his business often happens other places than his own yard. This morning leaving our house I nearly ran him over as he is small, and blends in with the road. I got out of the car took him home, and the neighbors seemed annoyed that I had done so. This neighbors kids also have a habit of leaving their bikes,scooters, toys etc. all over the culdesac.....even in, other people's lawns and in the street.
Any advice on how I handle this? We never had problems with these things at our old house as all our neighbors were super responsible with their pets. The only expierence I have with this is as an apartment manager, and I can't exactly fine my neighbors. How do we possibly address these problems without making hard feelings, or accidentally turning the neighbors dog into street pizza?