So let me get this straight. When your neighbour’s have a pesky barking dog that doesn’t shut the hell up, you have some options. There are phone numbers to ring & people who listen & document your complaints, websites & forums with helpful suggestions, organisations such as bark busters who will come to the house, rspca will intervene if they think the animal is being mistreated or ultimately if nothing else works, you can send a piece of bait over the fence mushed into a juicy bit of steak.
What in God’s name do you do when its not the dog that’s the problem, but the horrendously dysfunctional family that NEVER stops screaming abuse at each other. After a string of phone calls & police call outs, it is clear that the cops have no power to do anything, DOC’s have no interest in allocating a case worker to the poor unfortunate children who are subjected to abuse from morning til night (in this case 1am – although I have to say, they can give it almost as good as they get) & it’s virtually impossible to have them removed through Housing ACT.
The swearing is simply intolerable, my interstate visitors are mortified after hearing the soundtrack to our life & I find it incredibly disturbing that my own children have adapted so well they no longer even seem to be affected by it, which I guess is a good thing?
I’d move, but just like there is a bully in every classroom, there is a housing commission property in every street in this town so is it a case of better the devil you know? I know there are good housing families, but sadly they seem to be the exception & not the rule. What do you do?!