Noisy neighbors

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

COLBERT, Okla. -- Members of a Colbert neighborhood say they are fed up with about 70 dogs in their neighborhood. Apparently all those dogs belong to one person. Linda Webb says her lifelong dream is to raise puppies, but now her neighbors say they've had enough.

Billy Erwin lives behind the kennel and wakes up to the same noise every morning.

"It's hard to read and concentrate, it's terrible," he said.

Webb keeps several different breeds of dogs, about seventy dogs in all.

"I've always wanted to be in the dog business well they're just so precious you have to love them," she said.

Her neighbors don't love the noise and smell. They say piles of dog feces, plus all the barking, makes it hard for them to spend time in their yards and enjoy life at home.

"You can't capture the noise at night and the smell in the morning. That's not something you want to wake up to," Erwin said.

Linda says she lives outside Colbert city limits and tried to tap into the city's sewer line but can't. Now she's hoping a septic system on her property will help control the smell.

"I do know there's a problem, but the rain has hampered a lot of it," Webb said.

Neighbors say they've seen packs of dogs running down the streets at times and believe they belong to Webb. Some of those against her pet-practices hope the situation becomes more manageable for everyone soon.

"She's a sweet person, a sweet lady, but she needs some help. She needs help taking care of those dogs," said Rebekah Molina, a neighbor.

Bryan County sheriff's deputies were at the scene Wednesday, but no word on their findings. Webb says she is applying for a kennel license from the USDA.

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  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Jul 30, 2007 at 07:29 AM
    ""DOG LOVER TOO Location: local I say if Linda owns her own property and she can afford the dogs then it should be none of anyone elses business what she does. If her neighbors don't like the noise and smell then maybe they should sell out and move.""and""Anonymous What about us neighbors who actually like the smell?""You might be wanting to take up for the puppy mill owner, but this is one of the most stupid thigs I have read. How could you "like" the smell of dog "poop", urine, etc. Who would actually buy next door or down the street from something that smells so disgusting? You have seriously hurt Linda's arguement. Of course, this is my opinon
  • by Bradley Location: Oklahoma on Jul 29, 2007 at 01:42 PM
    I have been very close to the kennels, and I think those dogs are being mistreated. If you look closely some have bumps on their faces. Whats that from??? I think they are being abused and mistreated. I also think the town should put it to a vote to see if they stay or leave. The smell is horrible you can smell it from a long ways. Constant barks, day and night... Small pens, and they just leave and don't check up on them.
  • by Respectful Neighbor Location: Colbert on Jul 29, 2007 at 10:52 AM
    If I were going to donate my time it would be to a good cause... not helping my neighbor run a commercial business. I should not have to move, after all I bought my house before this "puppy mill" moved into the neighborhood. These 70 dogs are neglected; they never ever are exercised, much less let out of their small cages, the waste smell is horrible up to 50' away from the kennel houses. Can you imagine the smell (especially ammonia) inside where the animals stay? If I were running a kennel my highest priority or duty would be the animals health and living conditions, from my point of view Mrs. Webb is more concerned about saving $$$ at the animals expense. I'm ashamed that city, state and federal officials don't care about the health and living conditions of these animals. On a personal note, maybe we neighbors need to have our properties appraised and sue Mrs. Webb for bringing down our property values.
  • by Next Door To Linda Location: Colbert on Jul 28, 2007 at 07:59 PM
    Maybe KXII could do a follow up story? I agree with "2DoorsDownFromLinda" nothing has changed; the dogs are still suffering. Any ideas? Somebody? Anybody? Please?
  • by 2 Doors Down From Linda Location: Colbert on Jul 28, 2007 at 10:49 AM
    Well it's been 32 hours since anyone has been to the residence to take care of the dogs. This is very sad to me. I could deal with the noise and the smell if it were not for knowing of the suffering of those 70 dogs. The story is fading as is my hope for their rescue. PLEASE! ANYBODY OUT THERE KNOW WHAT TO DO?
  • by Anon Location: Texas on Jul 27, 2007 at 01:41 PM
    Well, can you believe it? OKLAHOMA "COLBERT" is on the news again. Can this little city do anything right up there? How about a new MAYOR?
  • by TRACY Location: SHERMAN on Jul 27, 2007 at 12:14 PM
    TO JUST WONDERING then why don't you come up and volunteer your time on the weekend with the bible quote and a curse word
  • by 2 Doors Down From Linda Location: Colbert on Jul 27, 2007 at 12:13 PM
    Linda left the residence yesterday at 2:00 p.m. and hasn't been back. That's 12 hours since the animals have been checked on, fed or watered. Anybody out there have any suggestions on what can be done next? I can't even get the Bryan County Humane Society to answer the phone(580-924-5873). Maybe and outside organization that will step in? I'm at a loss. By the way I'm all for helping my neighbor...she's not home.
  • by Next Door To Linda Location: Colbert on Jul 27, 2007 at 11:25 AM
    You all have some pretty interesting comments: MP Dog Handler I only wish you were here to teach Linda how to take care of the dogs. Dog Lover your right too; thats "puppy mill" you hear...I hear it too. Karen bless you for we share similar problems. Dog Lover Too...oh honey we are not picking on this woman and trust me not one of her dogs came from anyone in this neighborhood. Anonymous if you like the smell of dog crap then I have some property you will be interested in. I suppose my biggest laugh was JustWonderinginDallas'comment of "Love Thy Neighbor" and she/he would come help if only they lived closer...Well come on down! I have an extra bedroom you can use. If loving thy neighbor includes shoveling 9 months worth of dog feces from 70 dogs then maybe I dont love my neighbor?
  • by Neighborhood Update Location: Colbert on Jul 27, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    So much for Linda taking this opportunity to turn things around. She still doesn't even reside at the home where the kennel is located. So she mowed some six foot tall weeds down..big deal. The real problem is still there: 70 dogs being neglected, underfed, with flea and tick infestations. Where is the Humane Society? Why won't they answer thier phone? She stated in the interview she was going to install a septic tank. That's not an option because she doesn't own enough land to do so. She is going to apply for a license from the usda? We all know why she hasn't done it because she doesn't come anywhere near meeting their standards. So the smells is still bad, the barking and fighting are still just as loud but I think everyone is forgetting the true crime here and that is the suffering of those dogs every minute of every hour every day. Who can do something about that?
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