A Hancock Park dog owner filed suit Monday against a neighbor he says resorts to ringing a loud bell and cursing loudly whenever dogs bark in the neighborhood.
Paul H. Nankivell II says in his suit that shortly after moving to his property on Lucerne Boulevard, "we began hearing at all hours of the day and night a loud ringing of a school-type bell, together with the loud screaming of words which were typically: 'Shut up . . . dammit, shut up!' " whenever dogs barked in the neighborhood.
Called on Neighbor
After calling on his next-door neighbor to try to persuade him to cease this form of protest, Nankivell says, he agreed to keep his Labrador retriever in the house at night. He said he told the neighbor that most of the barking was from a dog south of their adjoining properties.
Despite this, the bell-ringing and screaming continued, the Los Angeles Superior Court civil suit claims.
Then, Nankivell alleges, on May 2 the neighbor, octogenarian Gene Glenn, went to Nankivell's front gate, berated his 5-year-old son and told the boy that his dog, Joshua, would be taken away if the barking did not stop. He further threatened that another family dog, a schipperke named Woolfies, also would be taken away if it got into his garbage again, the suit says.