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An on-the-loose dog makes for an angry neighbor

A friend is head of her neighborhood association and asked me recently to guess the topic that homeowners complain about most. I said property taxes and then crime. She gave up on me and revealed the answer: Dogs.

I was reminded of that when I read today's Ask Amy column. The letter writers are new homeowners who keep finding the neighbor's golden retriever and his messes in their yard and ask what to do. (Their one idea is to say: "Hi! We're your new neighbors! We have some of your dog's belongings next door!")

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Amy Dickinson (pictured) had this response: "I'd suggest that you go over to their house when you know they're home, introduce yourselves and say, 'We're well acquainted with your dog; he's spending a lot of time in our yard and, unfortunately, has left evidence behind. We're worried about him, and we've also been picking up his poop. We wonder if you could make sure he stays closer to home?' "

If that doesn't work, she recommends calling animal control for advice.

I wondered if you thought this was the best way to handle the situation. Have you ever had a pet issue with a neighbor, and how did you resolve it?

Photo courtesy of Tribune Media Services

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