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Property Law Keyed to Singer
Dobbs v. Wiggins
Citation:401 Ill. App.3d 367 (2010)
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Wiggins purchased land on a dead-end road, Triton Lane, in 1995 where he built a home and dog kennels for raising, training, and kenneling bird dogs. The Dobbses owned the property directly north of Wiggins, and the Richards owned the property north of the Dobbses property. The Dobbses and Richards had lived on Triton Lane for approximately 30 years. Between 1995 and 2007, the barking noise on Wiggins property gradually increased. In 2007, an estimated 100 dogs were kenneld on the property. The Dobbses and the Richards testified that they were unable to use their yards and had to keep their windows closed due to the barking noise. Others that had visited the plaintiffs’ properties also noted the barking coming from Wiggins property. In February 2009, at the time of an inspection in preparation for trial, Wiggins had 69 dogs on the property and it took about 20-30 minutes for the dogs barking to cease in order to carry on a normal conversation near the kennels.
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