Residents living near a controversial guide-dog training facility in south Phoenix say that it has gone, well, to the dogs.
They complain of frenzied barking and growling that can be heard throughout the day and night in the blocks surrounding the non-profit Eye Dog Foundation for the Blind. Certainly that was the case Thursday morning, when one resident recorded the cacophony of barking from her backyard just after 6.
“This is what we what we have to put up with every morning,” resident Barbara Tristan said over the racket. “It is just horrible.”
The California-based foundation, which runs its only training facility in Phoenix, hasn’t placed a single guide dog with the blind in two years. A recent Arizona Republic investigation found that it has placed an average of three dogs a year since 2000 despite raising millions of dollars in donations and interest from investments.