Was hoping to not be back here but you know how it is!
For the third time, my NFH has left his dog locked in his flat while he went on holiday (I presume).
A lady went in and I saw her give it a tiny walk (about 20 metres) and then it went back inside for almost 24 hours a day. I only saw her once in the week but obviously don't know if she came everyday.
I originally thought it was for a week but kept a diary of events and I did report that it had started to be noisy the week before and have since found out it was left for 2 weeks.
At the time, it yapped constantly, all day and all night.
I had a lung infection and needed treatment and was really not feeling at my best. Of course, my doctor said to rest but I found myself awake every night, all night as this dog just yapped and yapped.
When I say yapped, I mean one after another after another, without a break.
It was horrible. It sounded so distressed and it was like it was being played in my ear all night, over and over.
I had previously called the dog warden, who saw it on it's own the last time but she recommended the RSPCA. Initially, I found them to be really helpful but only eventually turned up after the owner was back and said everything was fine. Of course it was fine then!
They then used my details to phone me and ask for money as I had the pleasure of using their services!
This time, I just handed it over to the Housing Association for this man. Complicated, as the HA sublets the flat to another HA who he is their tenant, so everything goes through 2 HAs (the worse nightmare possible!).
The latest incident happened end of May and someone eventually turned up last Thursday to speak to him about the dog. Apparently, they told him that everything was fine and to ignore me because I was a sad old bag with nothing better to do with my time.
Of course, I don't know if this is true but both the tenant and his girlfriend literally made the allegation to me at the same time, when they accosted me in the street after the visit.
I believe there may be an element of truth to what has been said because I've seen it before where Housing Officers are immediately all pally with the perpetrator and pander to them.
I told the HA that they had accosted me in the street.
Then came the false allegations that I'd verbally abused them and they were 'deeply offended' etc. Oh my goodness, it is literally text book NFH!
I said no I hadn't and I'd really like to speak to whoever went round to see if the personal comments made towards me had been said. It turns out that no one knows who it was (reckon).
So I'm thinking now, that the HA can believe the NFH when he says I verbally abused him but yet, they can say that the comments made by the mystery guest, no one knows who it is and it probably wasn't said!
I've said 'so, are you saying this tenant is a liar if he says anything against you but not if he says anything against me?!'
The thing that is bugging me the most, as always happens, is the focus is being dragged away from the original issue with petty arguing and mud-slinging which both HAs seem willing to entertain and so the next time the dog is left on it's own, we'll be back to square one!
I did question with both of them whether he should actually have been allowed to have the dog in the first place as I read both of their pet policies and he seemed unlikely. However, when intensively questioned about this, I was fobbed off, left right and centre and I may as well been going 'blah, blah, blah' One of them did let slip that he didn't have permission though.
My stance throughout the whole issue has been that they should have dealt with it at the start and followed their own policies and then we wouldn't have had at least 3 incidents of animal neglect!
Any advice. I'm torn between just dropping the whole thing or going into battle with a massive complaint about everyone and everything!