Strangers Help Condo Owner With Barking Guide Dog

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (WBBM) — Strangers have been coming to the aid of a Bloomingdale man who’s in hot water over his noisy seeing-eye dog.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Debra Dale reports, Tim Spencer has been fined by his condo association because it says barking from his dog, Iggie, has been disturbing neighbors.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Debra Dale Reports.

Spencer used a cane after retinoblastoma left him completely blind two years ago. But he decided instead to get a guide dog because it would be safer.

The condo complex where Spencer lives does not allow dogs, but permitted him to bring Iggie home two months ago. But now they are complaining that he barks too much.

After reading about Spencer’s predicament in the Daily Herald, people have been coming forward with advice on how to handle the barking, and even offering to dog-sit.

Several veterinarians have also offered their services for free.

Spencer tells the Daily Herald he is touched by the kindness of strangers.

  • Mr Voter

    …place is more then likely full of old farts…he should sue under the Americans with Disabilitys act…maybe they will shut up, the dog is new and alerts when it hears a sound ….duh…

  • Dog Lover

    I don’t think Mr. Voter had to be so nasty in his comment but he is correct. Dogs alert the alpha dog when they think there is danger. The dog will get used to the condo sounds and settle down. In the meantime, perhaps the other residents could help out by being quieter or just befriending the man.

  • jstcnw

    I had a similar problem with elderly neighbors. The best advice I got was to get a collar that gave an electric shock when the throat vibrated, then put it on each of the neighbors to shut them up!

    • Bruiser

      You are too funny!

  • been there

    I agree with the shock collar on the neighbors because its to cruel to use on the dog. Also a reminder that seeing eye dogs are not considered “pets” under the law so the neighbors can either take a hike or strap on the dogs harness and guide the blind person around.

  • Ken

    If he still continues to have problems, he should contact his local Lions Club. Lions are involved with the groups that train the seeing eye dogs and should be more than happy to help out.

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