To the Editor,
I am a citizen of Robeson County who does not live within any city limits. For the last eight weeks or so, I have been awakened by the neighbor’s dog virtually each and every day. I work evenings and usually go to sleep around 4 a.m.
The lack of sleep I’m getting due to the incessant yelping of this dog is causing me physical illness, not to mention how tired I am getting while doing my job. I tried to talk to my neighbor about this issue in the past with another dog and he told me to sleep with ear plugs. Nice guy.
So this time around I turned to the Sheriff’s Office for assistance. A deputy told me the dog has more of a right to bark than the right I have to live on my own property in peace. I asked what would happen to me if I “disposed” of the dog myself, since I basically have no other alternative if I ever want to get a good night’s sleep. He excitedly told me I would be arrested and sent to jail.
I thanked him for being so helpful and hung up. Boy, I’m sure glad my tax dollars are going to help pay the salaries of such concerned law enforcement officials.
David A. DeGrood