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My family has a bit of a situation with our neighbors and we’re not sure exactly what we should do. You see, our neighbors have a couple of dogs and our neighbors don’t ever seem to clean up after them. Their back yard is filled with dog droppings and the overpowering stench and associated flies. Now, my wife, four kids, and I spend a lot of time in our back yard but often find ourselves overpowered by the horrendous odor. Also, our house is absolutely (and continuously) FILLED with flies.

While we know that our neighbors are in violation of maybe half a dozen city codes and ordinances we’re not sure if we should just call the city about the situation or if we should talk to them and give them a chance to fix things first. Just calling the city would be quick and simple (and while our neighbors might suspect who called they would not necessarily ever know for sure) but seems a little un-neighborly. On the other hand, if we talk to them and they don’t do anything we’ll have to call the city anyway and they’re sure to know who did it, and could be very angry about it. We like peace but the situation has gotten pretty bad and demands attention. What do you think? Should we talk to our neighbors first or just call the city?
 

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talk to them and give them the chance to do right, they may have simply had a lot of their plate and dog droppings wasn't high on the list of priorities, if they ahven;t done it in say a week, then call the council, but tell them that if they don't do it, you'll have to call the council
 

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What you might want to do is call a poop scooping service if there is one in your area. Ask them to give you an estimate. If they do not charge to much approach the neighbor about it and tell them that you would be willing to have the service come over one time to clean it up.

If you don't have such a service or the charge is to high or you don't feel it is your place to pay for a one time cleaning then talk to the neighbor and give them a reasonable amount of time. Don't mention to them the time frame that you have in mind. If it is not cleaned up within that time frame then talk to them again giving them a small time frame and let them know the time frame. If it still is not cleaned up then call animal control and report them for abuse of their dogs because it is abuse when the dogs have to live in their own filth.
 

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our neighbors have a couple of dogs and our neighbors don’t ever seem to clean up after them. Their back yard is filled with dog droppings and the overpowering stench and associated flies. .... Also, our house is absolutely (and continuously) FILLED with flies.


Just calling the city would be quick and simple (and while our neighbors might suspect who called they would not necessarily ever know for sure) but seems a little un-neighborly.
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Is what they are doing to you Neighborly???

I would talk to them in a friendly abd kind manor and explain that this is NOT healthy for them, thier dogs, you, your family or the rest of the neighborhood. TELL THEM that it needs to be corrected for the health reasons.

Tell them that if they need UP TO a week, that will be cool with you. If it's not cleaned up by then call the city and ask them to make it look like a city inspector "just happened" to notice the problem. That way you dont look like a badaz ...
 

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I don't like confrontations with the neighbors, so I'd personally call the health department and animal control anonymously. If you hire someone to clean it up, or if you clean it up yourself, what's to say it's not going to be the same way again in 3-6 months?
 

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i would just call the appropriate authorities.

i think it is really nice that you want to speak to them first, but who's to say they would do anything? and even if they do, who's to say they will address it next time?

normally i would say talk to them, but you have kids and something like this could pose a major health risk to your kids if left unaddressed.
 

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I like the anonymous note on the door idea...that would still narrow it down to two or three immediate neighbors, but not you specifically. I'd give it a week before you call someone...prob animal control...in the animal ordinances where I live there is something about animal waste and it not causing a health concern for the neighbors.

Either way though, I would not call ac as a first resort, I'd either talk to them or leave a note first.
 

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I personally would leave a note on the door, or in the mailbox, asking them politely to clean up the yard. Just explain that the smell and flies are becoming bad and you wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt that they have been busy, but it has reached a point where it has become unbearable. If they then don't clean up within a week or so, call the authorities (but I wouldn't put a threat in the note).
 
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