How Does This Happen?

Cawper ~ "He's just a loving, nice dog."

Cawper ~ “He’s just a loving, nice dog.”

SEATTLE — He isn’t a prized breed or a champion at the kennel club. He’s just plain old Cawper, and he may cost his family more than $500,000.

One Seattle neighbor sued another neighbor over Cawper and his barking — and won in court for nearly half a million dollars in the form of a default judgment.

In a sprawling 36-page complaint, the plaintiff alleged that Cawper is known for “raucously, wildly bellowing, howling and explosively barking” and that he is an outrage, with intentional infliction of emotional distress — and that his barking caused “profound emotional distress.”

The complaint suggests Cawper is capable of barking at 128 decibels through double pane windows. According to Purdue University research, that would mean Cawper is louder than a chainsaw, a clap of thunder and just a hair quieter than the takeoff of a military jet.

The plaintiff won his “frivolous lawsuit,” simply because the defendant didn’t show up. Despite being served with papers, she didn’t respond and thought it was “bunk.” So, the plaintiff was given a default judgment, because his claims went unchallenged. The defendant is now working to have the decision reversed after the lien became official.

She was unnerved after finding a camera pointed directly into her backyard from the plaintiff’s awning. I don’t know if it’s fake or real or what, but it makes you want to not even go out in the yard.

This is part of the evidence the defendant wants to take back to court to fight the judgment. It’s on hold now, because the family has poured much of its savings into hiring lawyers. A court date is pending, but the article states it will be an uphill battle.


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