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Why This Family Might Lose Their House Just Because Of Their Dog
As much as you love everything about your dog, your neighbor may not be as appreciative, especially if your furry friend is a loud barker, like Denise Norton's. Norton, of Seattle, WA, is trying to fight off a massive lawsuit all because her neighbor thinks her dog, Cawper, is too noisy.
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Their neighbor, Woodrow Thompson, filed a whopping 36-page, 0,000 lawsuit against Norton, claiming her dog's barking resulted in "profound emotional distress." He also alleges that Cawper's noise is seriously disturbing. He describes it as "raucously, wildly bellowing howling and explosive barking." Woah. He also estimates her bark is "128 decibels," making it louder than a chainsaw.
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Meanwhile, Norton found the lawsuit laughable, and paid no mind to it when she was served the papers. The result of her lack of a response: Thompson won the lawsuit. According to civil attorney Mike Fandel, who has no connection with the case, not taking a lawsuit seriously will cost you. "You can bring a frivolous lawsuit and win if the other side doesn't show up…If you think it ought to be dismissed, it will only be dismissed if you ask the court to do it."
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Norton says she "takes full responsibility" for the lawsuit's outcomes, and she's now trying to get everything sorted out in court, but it might too late. The town's sheriff has already notified them that the house has to go up for sale. To get the lawsuit dismissed at this point will be an "uphill battle," says Fandel.
As for Thompson's side of the story, local networks were unable to get a hold of him. He's still keeping an eye on things though, putting up a camera outside of his house that looks straight into his neighbor's yard.
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