Hi there. We moved into a house at the same time as our neighbour. We get along fairly well with her, but we have had problems with her animals. We live in a semi terrace and its a small house. We have a cat. I would like another dog but my partner says no and we only have a small yard. Her house is the same but with an even smaller yard. She has 7 cats, 10 rabbits, a guinea pig, loads of mice, rats, some gerbils in cages, plus lots of something (i can't remember what she told me they were) in the spare room- now this damned dog. the whole house is filled with animals. We have had problems with the cats coming into our house and eating my cats food, in the cat flap, and i suspect some of hers have fouled in my house, as it would be very out of character for my female cat to do that 3 times in a week. then in the garden fouling etc, digging up my veg patch. Then we had problems with the rabbits in our garden eating all of my stuff, and next door had a word with me saying she was concerned about the rabbits being in her garden as she has two young toddlers and is concerned about fouling, biting etc. I have been round three times to say in a friendly way "erm, do you realise your pets have escaped and are running about?" she said ok thanks for telling me.. but nothing was done. i think she feigns concern, but is one of these dreadful people who thinks that pets being "happy" equals allowing them to do what they want. She is a hippy-ish type and hasn't got a strict bone in her body. She overheard me and another neighbour talking about the rabbits and called over the fence "it's ok,!" as if that's the point. I know the real reason is that she wants them to run free. Next thing is this dog. It barks and barks and barks- it's doing it now. i can hear it over the tv even. Its been here 2 weeks and i havent seen it yet- my partner says its a springer. I know dogs, and i know that the way its barking is that its barking because its lonely. We look at the house and the lights are on and she appears to be in, yet the dog carries on barking. now here she is, with a dog shes not bothering with. the other night it was barking for 3 hours until 1am. sometimes it starts at 5am, and its upsetting because its howling and very sad. I just think that shes the typical kind of person who doesnt take responsibility for her animals. she watches her cats go into other peoples homes and goes "aww! thats what he's like..look at him there!" if that were my cat going into peoples homes i'd be mortified. my cat is not allowed in the bedroom even. I take responsibility for my animals and keep them under control. if i see my cat scratching a neighbours gatepost i go out and shout "no!" Yet i'm living next door to somebody who lets their zoo run riot. i know this dog will end up untrained and undisciplined, and i've no doubt that she doesn't understand that dogs are not like cats- you can't just go out for hours and leave it and dogs need stimulation and discipline. instead this dog spends at least 3 hours each day howling. We do have the same landlord so if i wanted to be vindictive, i could report this, and i would be justified in doing so. I don't think my landlord has any idea how many animals are in the property. I don't want to be like this- i'm not that kind of person and i don't like confrontations and i don't want bad blood. i considered putting a note through her door saying "do you realise your dog barks constantly when you arent in?" but it would be embarrassing if she were in! How should i deal with this without causing offence or it getting personal? my worry is that any reasonable pet owner would not allow all of this to happen in the first place!