Neighbor's Barking Dogs Trigger $25K Lawsuit

Two brothers say nonstop dog yapping has caused them anxiety.

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Sick of your lousy neighbor's dogs barking all night? Ever consider suing? That's what two brothers in Ohio reportedly did after their neighbor was allegedly unable to keep his dogs from yapping.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

The brothers [Tom and Joe McDaniel] have sued Dan Ullman, claiming the relentless yapping of his dogs has created anxiety and compromised their standard of living. They are seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

Ullman believes the men are all bark and no bite. He filed a counterclaim, saying the men ridiculed and harassed him by making baseless claims and turned neighbors against him.

The McDaniels were prepared to go to trial last week, armed with audio and video tapes and witnesses, including a dog warden. But their attorneys and Summit County Common Pleas Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer agreed to delay the trial until February to see if the problems can be resolved...

Ullman, an Akron police officer, owns at least two dogs, including a pit bull. The back yard of his Tampa Avenue home is fenced. But the McDaniels claim that since August 2005, they have been unable to get Ullman to control his dogs.


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