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Spring Hope woman responds to dog complaints

A Spring Hope woman says her dog is being wrongly accused of being vicious and loud.

Brenda Yanez said claims made against her and her dog at a Spring Hope Board meeting are wrong.

Earlier this month, two Spring Hope residents came before the board to complain about Yanez’s dog, Achilles.

Nancy Perry said Achilles was constantly getting loose and running around the neighborhood. Perry also said the dog had attacked a child and had also came after her husband, who is in a wheelchair.

Perry also said Achilles gets little attention and is kept locked up in a small pen. Perry also said the dog’s owner didn’t live at the home.

Jason Himmelright also addressed Yanez’s dog at the meeting, saying it barked every, single day and was a nuisance.

Yanez said the dog is not a nuisance. She said the dog actually belongs to her 18-year-old son. She added that she, her son and her husband all live at the residence. Yanez said she stays busy, as she goes to school at Nash Community, works in Wendell and helps take care of her mother, who suffers from Alzheimers. But, Yanez added, Achilles gets walked every day and is not neglected.

Yanez did agree that Achilles does bark but he only barks when she or her husband get home from work or her son comes home from school. The barking, she added, doesn’t last all day.

Yanez said she’s had Achilles for over a year and Perry is the only one who seems to have issues with the dog.
Yanez said she’s upset at the things Perry said about her and her family at the meeting.

“I don’t like for someone to paint me as something that I’m not,” she said. “I’ve lived here longer than anyone.”

Yanez said Achilles has only broken his chain once and run around the neighborhood. But, his run didn’t last long, as a neighbor got Achilles and brought him to her porch, where he stayed until police officers arrived. Then, he ran to the back yard.

Yanez said Achilles used to be kept in a pen but she had to chain him because people kept putting food in his pen. Yanez said she had some of the food tested and it had poison in it. She alleged that the last dog she had died suddenly because he was poisoned.

John Bonner, who lives next door to Yanez, said he has no problem with Achilles. Bonner, who has lived next to Yanez for 13 months, said Perry is always complaining about something.

“I know what goes on in this neighborhood,” Bonner  said. “(And) none of us have complained.”

Bonner said the problem is with Perry and Himmelright. Bonner said Himmelright videotapes and takes pictures of people walking their dogs.

“To me, that’s stalking,” he said.

Bonner said animal control rides through their neighborhood everyday and if there was a problem with Achilles, they would have done something by now.

Bonner said Perry said the dog cornered her against a barn and jumped on her. But, if that were the case, Bonner said Perry would have scratches on her arms. Bonner added that Perry is not being truthful about the dog.

“What’s fair is fair, what’s not is not,” he said.

Bonner said he goes to bed early every night, as he has medical problems.

“That dog doesn’t keep me awake,” he said.

Yanez said her family has went out of their way to accommodate Perry. She said when her husband comes home from work, he cuts his lights off before he gets in the driveway so that Achilles won’t know he’s home and won’t bark at all.

Yanez said she hopes to address the board herself in June, to clear up any issues with her dog.

“We have done everything to accommodate these people,” she said. “I just don’t know what else we can do.”

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