'Infuriating'—Reddit Backs Neighbor Who Left Threatening Note Over Barking Dog

A Reddit post sharing an anonymous note from a neighbor has sparked conversation online after going viral.

Shared on Thursday by Reddit user cnotethegoat123 on the popular thread r/mildlyinfuriating, the picture of the note was accompanied with the caption: "Someone anonymously sent this to my neighbor."

On the note, in all caps, the anonymous neighbor had written: "Something bad is going to happen to your dog if you don't get it's barking under control."

With over 23,000 upvotes, commenters were shocked by the note—but overwhelmingly sympathized with the frustration of the anonymous grievance.

One Redditor wrote: "There's nothing more Infuriating when you have to wake up at 5am for work and a neighbor's dog is left outside barking its soul away." While another agreed: "Unfortunately I can't say I don't understand. There's nothing worse than not being able to have peace in your own home."

According to a 2021/22 survey by Statista, over 69 million households in the U.S. own at least one dog, making them the most popular pet in the country.

Many posters turned their attention to the dog's owner: "Whilst this is the wrong way to approach it, fur parents are responsible for their dogs barking." wrote one user. Another said: "For real I don't understand how the owners of these barking dogs aren't annoyed by it like the rest of us."

A survey by Homes.com found that 36 percent of Americans have had issues with their neighbors that have escalated into full-blown arguments, with the top reasons for arguments listed as noise, parking, trash and animal noise.

However, the same survey also found that 86 percent of people consider themselves to be good neighbors, and 23 percent have neighbors that they would consider friends.

Some responses on the viral post even detailed issues they have had with problem neighbors in the past. One user wrote: "We got our neighbors evicted because they absolutely refused to get their dog under control. It was an absolute last resort."

Dog-owning Redditors also shared how they ensure their dogs are neighborhood friendly, expressing how important it is to be considerate and respectful. "If my dog gets overly barky I make sure to call her inside. I can't stop her from barking completely but I try to be courteous," explained one user. While another said: "If my dog barks for 30 seconds I tell her to come inside. I hate constantly barking dogs."

Earlier this week, a woman's "payback" on her neighbor after a parking dispute went viral. Meanwhile, these canine neighbors delighted the internet with their blossoming friendship.

Newsweek has reached out to cnotethegoat123 for comment.

Letter and barking dog
An example of a man's handwriting (left) and a dog barking over a fence (right). The internet has sided with a neighbor after he left a threatening note about a barking dog. deeAuvil/Cristi Croitoru/Getty Images