In the past five years, we've lived in our house. Neighbors have come and gone, and unfortunately the ones that have stuck around are the ones that are in question.
This family has absolutely no sense of consideration for anyone but themselves. This is going to turn into a long vent, after five years of the same problems continuing on and on.
The moment that the weather warms up, their herd of kids hauls their movable basketball standard up against the curb, and uses the street as their own personal basketball court. It'd be one thing, but it's the only entrance to this section of the subdivision. While kids will be kids, these delightful kidlets have a problem with getting out of the street when there's oncoming traffic. In fact, if you just happen to have the nerve to try to need to get to your house, the herd glares at you for daring interrupting their game time. When they were 10ish, it wasn't so bad. Now they're a bunch of teenagers and it's just gotten worse. We've never seen the parents supervising the herd, with the exception of tossing them in the van and driving them locations. In fact, back in the day it wasn't unusual to see both parents drive off and leave the young kids home outside playing ball for a few hours at a time (probably should have called CPS with that, I realize that now). Now they've got teenagers that seem to rule that household. I'm not easily scared by anyone, and those kids make me nervous.
The neglect of things in their care has extended to family pets. For a period, they had a cat. The cat "belonged to the kids" and the kids apparently couldn't afford to get it spayed, so they let Ms. Cat get pregnant and have kittens repeatedly. For a good couple of years, there were black and grey cats all over this area of subdivision thanks to this family. And even better, all those kittens that they claimed were their pets weren't being fed. Every day, we'd have at least three kitties show up on our front porch with their ribs showing. We did sneak some of the smaller kitties food, but the herd and Momma cat all disappeared.
When approached about the cats, they were pretty apathetic their care and condition.
Now they own a chihuahua/terrier mix. The little terror barks most of the night. He goes for people's ankles. He chases cars. They never tie him up or fence him in, they actively let him roam the neighborhood. He thinks he's the boss of a two block area and treats it like such. These neighbors actively watch the little twit's behavior and don't care. They leave the house, and little twerp-dog is still running around making the rest of our yards pretty much unusable.
Now, after all this venting, these neighbors have been approached about everything up until the cursed dog. They don't care. And considering how their teenagers act most of the time, I worry about approaching them again about this kind of stuff for fear of retribution. Other than calling the humane society, is there a better way to handle the dog situation?
I hate my neighbors.