Furious neighbour leaves threatening note over barking dog

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A dog owner is fearing the safety of his pet after a note was delivered threatening to "resolve" the barking dog.

Adelaide resident Matthew Totani posted the note to TikTok, unsure if he should be worried about the concerning tone of the complaint about his barking dog.

"We moved into this neighbourhood 3-4 months ago and during this time your dog has persistently been barking from dusk until dawn 7 days a week," read the note.

'Enough is enough," the disgruntled neighbour wrote.

A still image showing the note that was left in Mr Totani's letterbox angry at his barking dog.
The note was delivered to the house of the barking dog. Source: TikTok

"I am advising you we will be notifying the authorities if required as this is not only unfair to us but ALL your neighbours.

"If they don't pursue and resolve problem... I "WILL" one way or another," they wrote.

"Have some consideration for others!!"

"Completely unacceptable'

"Threat, yes or no?" Mr Totani captioned the TikTok. "Molly is currently being retrained."

Users were divided on the issue, with many advising him to report the note, agreeing it had a threatening tone.

"Straight to the police. Completely unacceptable," one user wrote.

"This is a legal threat. If they have a legitimate concern they would let you know their details."

"I’m such a heavy sleeper I didn’t even notice my dog barking through the night," commented another.

"Neighbours sent a letter but were really nice about it."

Others said although the note was concerning, they have been in the neighbour's position before.

"I went to my neighbour about his dogs and got abused," one TiKToker said.

"Your dog has driven them crazy," said another. "It happens and the outcome won’t be pretty if they snap."

Concerned for his dog's safety

Mr Totani told Yahoo News Australia the note had been delivered by Australia Post, flagging it as "strange" as it was from someone in their neighbourhood.

"The note says the person moved in three to four months ago, we have a lot of new people moving into our area but going door knocking and asking every neighbour if it was them isn't really ideal since I doubt someone would admit it was their note," he explained.

Mr Totani admitted he was worried for Molly's safety.

Black and white border collie looking at camera.
The dog's owner was concerned over the note. Source: TikTok

"The note is a threat saying 'they will deal with the issue'," he explained. "Obviously I'm also annoyed that someone can't just have a face-to-face conversation about the dog barking, as now I have to fear someone will try and harm my dog."

Mr Totani said he's contacted the local council and will do his best to train Molly to not bark as much in the morning.

"We live next to a footpath that joggers, cyclists and other dog owners use during that time so that's why my dog could have been barking," he explained.

"It would have been much easier if our friendly neighboor just came and had a chat and coffee over the matter."

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