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SE Portland man gets letter threatening his dog’s life

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Tony Baker and his dog, Lakai. Tony Baker and his dog, Lakai.
Lakai, Baker's 10-year-old black lab. Lakai, Baker's 10-year-old black lab.
The anonymous letter Baker received. The anonymous letter Baker received.

A SE Portland man said he got an alarming note from an anonymous neighbor threatening the life of his dog because its barking woke him or her up.

Tony Baker said he found the letter, in an envelope only addressed to “inconsiderate neighbors,” taped to the driver’s side window of the van in his driveway off SE 112th Avenue Thursday.

When he opened it up, he couldn’t believe what it said:

Dear inconsiderate neighbors, what is wrong with you people?  Are you so completely clueless?  Do you not understand that you have neighbors?  And when your dog is barking, barking, barking, barking at all hours it either wakes up or keep awake your neighbors.  WTF? (expletive)  I’m new to this ghetto so I’ll be to the point and keep it simple for: KEEP YOUR (expletive) DOG QUIET!!  There will be no animal control complaint or any of the (expletive).  You get ONE warning for your animal then I will take care of it myself.  Get it???  Remember you brought this on yourself.

“I was shocked, honestly,” Baker told Fox 12.  “I mean I – I’ve never received something that nasty.”

Baker said he let his 10-year-old black Lab, Lakai, out for 10 or 15 minutes around 6 a.m. Thursday, but never heard her bark.

After he got the letter, he said he called police – and spoke with most of his long-time neighbors.

“I asked them, ‘Has my dog been barking lately?’ because she is big, and it carries and if it’s happening I’d like to be aware of it,” Baker said.  “[But they said], ‘No, I never hear your dog,’”

Lakai has been in the same house since she was a puppy, and Baker said he’s never gotten any complaints about her.

He wishes whoever wrote the note had simply come over to have an honest conversation.

“The sad thing is, if the guy had just knocked on my door and said, ‘Hey, your dog woke me up,’ I would have apologized, I would have bought him dinner, I would have done something nice for him,” he explained.  “But to just come out like that, I couldn’t believe it.”

Baker said police do plan to check back with neighbors in the area.

Now, he’s adjusting his outdoor cameras for a better view – just in case whoever wrote the threatening letter does come back to do his dog harm.

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