For the past two years, a Montpellier woman has been barking incessantly at her neighbor’s dog

“I have high blood pressure and at night, when I go to bed and the dog starts barking, I get stressed.”, says Michèle Giraudo. This septuagenarian from Montpellier, retired from the town hall, lives in the anxiety of hearing, every day, the dog on the 5th floor from his building in the Port Marianne district. “It rots my life”she insists.

“I don’t know how long he’s going to bark. I don’t think about it when he doesn’t bark but it comes back when he starts again and I can’t stand it.”said Michèle again, tears in her eyes. “It can last several hours, morning, day or evening”she explains.

“I have the right to live peacefully in my apartment” – Michèle Giraudo, 72 years old

Yet Michèle Giraudo tried to make contact with her young neighbor on the 5th floor. “She doesn’t answer when the doorbell rings. So when her dog barks, I leave her a word in her mailbox. And when she reacts, which is rare, she replies that I never came to explain myself. at home, that she didn’t understand and that I was the only one in the building to complain about. “remembers Michèle.

An answer that Michèle could not bear. “As soon as I saw that, I went down to her house. Her companion told me she was going up to my house and she did. It’s the only time I’ve been able to talk to her.”Michèle recounts again. “She said to me, ‘You’re crazy!’ And I told her it was too much and that I was going to file a complaint with the police station. I was then threatened that if I did something right something would happen to me. “she recalls, sobbing and exhausted by the situation.

A problem known to ACM social bailiffs

As soon as she felt it was necessary, Michèle informed her landlord ACM, the metropolitan body, who notified and then summoned this tenant following Michèle’s many reports. “ACM couldn’t receive her where she may not have gone”she regrets.

And I turn, I turn. I call the police and I am referred to ACM. ACM redirects me to the police and I just do that. Looks like no one believes me“, sighs Michèle. On the part of the social landlord, the situation has been taken into account: Michèle’s neighbor has already been summoned and put on notice. The landlord can now go as far as a lease termination.”If there is termination, it may take some time. “, concedes Sébastien Lefebvre, director of security and mediation for ACM Habitat. Except in the meantime, the dog is still there and Michèle continues to bark.

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