“We don’t sleep anymore”: the dogs in a squatted house in Antibes bark day and night, these residents are exhausted

“Lhe owner of the dogs doesn’t even live there. What is this house, a secondary squat?”, ironically the residents of the Prugnons district, to the east of the city. For a little less than a year, their days and nights have been interrupted by barking. “Once they made noise for 40 mins at 4am. We can’t sleep anymore, we can’t take it anymore”despairs a couple.

Petitions, letters and daybook

But what are these animals doing here, at 43 avenue de Nice? The neighbors have a hypothesis: the dogs would guard the property, punctually squatted by their owner. A man who spends an hour a day feeding and watering the two animals.

In April, a petition to stop the nuisance passed among the inhabitants of the Allia Garden residence, located about sixty meters away. It collects about forty signatures. An online petition follows it and totals 119. Two residents then go to the municipal police station, which directs them to the national one.

“At the police station, we were told that it was not a matter for complaint and that squats are handled by the town hall”assures one of them.

After several back and forths, he finally puts down a handrail for “neighborhood disputes”, in August. Supplemented by a collective complaint against X addressed to the public prosecutor in May, a letter addressed to the mayor of Antibes in June, a second letter for the prosecutor in July and a third addressed to the prefect of A.-M.

“We have exhausted all our remedies, there is nothing more we can do. We have nothing against the property being squatted. We just want the dogs to stop barking”drop the residents.

Called several times for noise at night, the municipal police come by from time to time, but can only see the barking in the absence of the owner. Or a calm situation. “They saw him once, they asked him to bring the dogs in. But it doesn’t last”sighs a neighbor.

One lever remains: that of animal abuse. When local residents try to file a complaint about this, they are told that an association for the defense of animals must note the mistreatment and then file a complaint. “However, all the associations I contacted told me that you have to file a complaint before contacting them”, advances a local resident. In the midst of this shambles, one certainty: to act, you have to find the heir(s) of the property.

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