WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Living in a townhome means your neighbors are up close and personal. How they treat their property, often affects yours. That’s a situation some residents are dealing with in Wilmington’s Lauren Place when it comes to a neighbor’s dog.
Virginia Conley bought her townhome in Lauren Place in 1997. A few years ago, Lindsey Hull moved next door. Conley says shortly after that, Hull got a dog.
“They let the dog poop on the cement and the little dirt area out that’s out there,” Conley said.
Conley and her neighbors say hull allows her dog to repeatedly use the bathroom on the patio before cleaning it up.
“The smell has been bad for the past six or seven years,” Conley said. “They clean it up every once in a while, but most of the time you can look through the cracks and see the piles of crap over there.”
We checked it out. You can smell the feces and see it lying on the patio.
Conley finally moved, but the smell is still affecting her.
“I’ve been moved out two years next month, but my tenant is over there, and she’s threatened last summer a couple times she said she might have to move because of the smell,” Conley said.
We tried to get in touch with Hull. We knocked on her door. She wasn’t home. We also sent her a message on Facebook, but didn’t get a response.
To find out what the homeowners association is doing, we contacted the property manager, Richard Collins. He says because of privacy concerns, he can’t specifically talk about Hull, but he did tell us what typically happens in situations like these.
“Generally there’s a letter, unless I have the ability to have direct contact, and then I would call the individual and tell them what the problem is and normally follow it up with a letter,” Collins said.
Hull can also be fined.
We finally contacted New Hanover County Animal Control to see if they had any advice for residents. Animal Control told us this violates the public nuisance law. If homeowners complain to them, they can investigate and give Hull a citation, but that’s about all they can do.
The HOA told us it would go back out there and investigate. Neighbors say the HOA has done that before, but the problem keeps happening. They also plan to contact Animal Control and complain. We’ll keep you updated.