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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.

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2015 years 11 months ago

guest_ilm is not Hull and not the dog’s owner.

2015 years 11 months ago

These seniors didn’t advocate very well for their community. I understand frustration with neighbors and their pets but that is a problem in almost every neighborhood in the country. Property values are in a nosedive so bringing a negative focus to Lauren Place could have an adverse affect on homes for sale or rent. I’m also troubled about “peeking and filming” through a privacy fence. Not sure but this homeowner may have some legal rights on privacy laws.

virginia conleyt
2015 years 11 months ago

I don’t know who you are and neither do you know me. I am not a public nuisance. . You seem to have a problem thinking that I have nothing to do, I work every day and when I lived in Lauren Place I did what I could to help keep that place looking nice and smelling nice, but that is a NUISANCE? Get a life who ever you are. I don’t have to syp on that patio to know what is over there, why don’t you come out and smell for yourself. Maybe one day you… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Blu hair? why do you pull the hair card?
Just clean up after your dog! Remember you have a tiny 50sq ft patio, not a huge yard that poo can decompose naturally in.

2015 years 11 months ago

What this article failed to mention is what a public nuisance Ms. Conley is. She and the other blu-hairs in that community have NOTHING better to do than cause drama. I am sick of it! I mean taking time out of your day to spy on somebody’s PRIVATE patio. Get a life.

I must also give kudos to the news for posting another lame story!

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