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A South Florida resident installed this security camera pointed at the front of his neighbor's home. A South Florida resident installed this security camera pointed at the front of his neighbor's home.

A South Florida man says he's lost his sense of security and his privacy, and it all started when he took action about his neighbor's barking dogs. It's tonight's Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

WSVN -- This is a classic example of how a neighborhood dispute escalates. One neighbor has dogs that bark all the time.

Al Feuer: "The barking was excessive; you can hear it right now."

After being awakened by the dogs week after week, when they started barking at 4 in the morning, Al decided to repay his neighbor.

Al Feuer: "And I grabbed the fiberglass pole and I banged on the window next door. I'm thinking that if their dogs are going to wake me up at 4 o'clock in the morning, I'm going to wake them up at 4 o'clock in the morning."

The neighbor didn't appreciate it, so after the early morning wake-up, the dogs' owner decided to aggravate Al even more and installed a security camera pointed at the front of Al's home.

Al Feuer: "I feel like it's an invasion of my privacy."

The dogs keep him awake at night. The camera keeps him alone all day and night.

Al Feuer: "I had one girl. I call her my girlfriend. She doesn't want to come anymore because of the video camera. She doesn't like the idea of being photographed by the next door neighbor, so it's impeding my ability to enjoy life."

And the last thing Al needs right now is stress, after just going through triple bypass surgery.

Al Feuer: "I got a note from my doctor saying that I couldn't have any stress, including noisy dogs, which I sent them a copy of the letter and they don't care."

Al actually sent the dogs' owner three letters, but no response, so Al called the City of Miami.

Al Feuer: "The police, they haven't been able to do anything. The code enforcement hasn't done anything. I don't know; that why I turned to Help Me Howard."

The dogs barking at his bedroom window day and night. The camera pointed at his front door all the time.

Al Feuer: "I don't want to use the word rage; it's frustration."

Not a good situation when you are trying to recover from triple bypass surgery.

Al Feuer: "I want the dogs to stop barking. The camera I'd like to go too, if possible."

Let's start with the camera. Howard, can someone point a security camera at the front of your home?

Howard Finkelstein: "It depends. If it's pointed at a door it's legal, but if the security camera is pointed at a bedroom or bathroom window, that's illegal and an invasion of your privacy, because you expect to be able to go to the bathroom or change your clothes in your bedroom without someone watching you."

The camera may or may not be illegal. So, Howard, what about the dogs barking day and night?

Howard Finkelstein: "This is simple: It's illegal. In the City of Miami, like most cities, there is a law that prohibits dogs from barking excessively. Al needs to call code enforcement again, and if they ignore him, contact his elected officials and get them to light a fire under code enforcement."

We tried to talk to the owner of the dogs. They didn't come out. We contacted the City of Miami. They told us they are now looking into Al's complaint about the barking dogs.

In the meantime, Al will keep exercising on his distinctive bike to strengthen his heart from the aggravation at home.

Al Feuer: "Oh, my recovery is pretty good. I ride a green bicycle with polka dots as I mentioned, and literally miles and miles every day."

Now, if your neighbor's dog won't stop barking, besides code enforcement, call the police. They may be able to convince them to put their dogs inside. And if you think a neighbor's camera is pointed at your bedroom or bathroom, ask them to adjust it. If they won't, again call the police, cause that's a crime.

Got troubles that have left you howling? Ready for a dog gone solution? Contact us. We don't snoop around with our camera. We point it at your smiling, hopefully happy face.

With this Help Me Howard, I'm Patrick Fraser, 7News.

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