Screw dealing with them one-on-one. They're inconsiderate, and by your account, in violation of local laws. Just call the cops next time it happens. The neighbors won't know it's you, since they have other neighbors (who I guarantee will be grateful for your intervention) and the cops won't tell them who called (standard procedure). Do this every time it happens for longer than a few minutes, and the neighbors will either get the point (maybe a few fines will drive that point home) or word will get back to their landlord and they'll get the boot since I'm sure they're in violation of their lease if they have that many animals. If they bring about any kind of retaliation or intimidation against you, that's against the law - call the cops and they'll be out of your hair in no time.
I had to call the cops on my neighbors this past summer due to domestic violence. Very different situation, I know, but there was no retaliation and the problem (read: alcoholic girlfriend) went away immediately. Looking back, I'm frustrated that I chose to live with that nonsense for so long, and I think you'll feel the same way.
I kind of agree with you but at the same time, I'm not trying to be a dick about it. I'm not trying to get them fined or kicked out (hell they may even own the house, but I doubt it)... I just don't want to hear dogs barking.
In all fairness, this happened 2 nights ago, and ever since, the dogs have not been outside... but I'm sure they'll be back
I don't think the other neighbors are as bothered by it as I am, because they aren't nearly as close to it as me. My bedroom window is literally feet from the dogs, while everyone else is at least a house's distance away, plus they are friendly with the other neighbors so I'm sure they'd know it was me... I'm really not that afraid of retaliation, but I smoke pot, and I'm sure they know it, so I'm just not trying to piss them off if I can help it.
I'm trying to be rational about it. I think talking to them about it, if it persists, is the way to go... at least for starters.
If I was doing something that bothered them, I'd rather them tell me first then call the cops, but I do feel like they've had fair warning by my flashing of the lights and now yelling...
we'll see what happens