The California actor behind the voice of Cheetos Chester Cheetah has sued his neighbor over barking dogs. Adam Leadbetter, along with his wife, alleged in their complaint that they have made numerous complaints to the City Hall of Los Angeles, yet nothing has been done about the noise.
The complaint filed against the neighbor and the city alleges nuisance, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It further claims that the neighbor has at least one dog which is believed to be a German Shepherd and possibly a smaller dog which is believed to be a Chihuahua. According to the complaint, the dogs bark at least 15 times a day, and each disturbance frequently lasts over 10 minutes.
The lawsuit alleges that the barking is so loud that it has caused the couple to lose sleep. To avoid the noise, the couple contends that they must frequently spend time indoors where the noise is reduced but not eliminated.
The couple has filed multiple complaints with the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services. The neighbor failed to appear for a hearing held before the plaintiff's filed the complaint. The lawsuit alleges that this is evidence of his "disregard for administrative relief sought by the Leadbetters."
A person who is experiencing a residential property dispute may wish to consult an attorney about their legal options. An attorney experienced in real estate litigation may be able to advise clients about their community's zoning laws and administrative remedies.
In this case, the couple is seeking both an injunction as well as unspecified damages. An injunction is a court order that requires the defendant to stop the behavior or condition that is infringing on the legal rights of the complaining parties. Damages are an award of money to be paid by the defendant to the complaining party as compensation for the loss or harm suffered.Source: NBC San Diego, City News Source, November 11, 2017