Blackpool mum’s ‘really horrible’ mystery letter about her dog sent from ‘your neighbours’

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Sarah Ogborne received the letter through the post but no one has owned up to it

 

Sarah Ogborne
Sarah Ogborne

A Blackpool mum has been left “hurt” after receiving an anonymous letter was posted through her door by a ‘neighbour’ complaining about her dog.

Sarah Ogborne, 35, is a single mum living in Bispham.

She has recently shared her shock online after receiving a letter in the post from an anonymous neighbour complaining about her dog barking.

The letter, which was signed off by ‘Your Neighbours’ read: “Please can you SHUT your DOG up??? Bark bark bark……..

“Every time you leave it…. Not helped by you leaving your windows open.

“As your neighbours we will now be reporting this as a noise issue to Blackpool Council.

“If not, it will be reported to the RSPCA.”

Sarah told LancsLive that she felt the letter was “really horrible and really rude” especially as the writer went to the effort to stamp the letter and post it with a stamp through the Royal Mail.

The letter Sarah received through the post
The letter Sarah received through the post

“It makes it even worse because it means I don’t know who it was, nobody around here knows who it was and they’ve gone out of their way to put it in a post box and put a stamp on it.”

After opening the post and finding the letter, Sarah said at first she was shocked: “I was like ‘what? what is this?’, and then I read it again and again and then I got upset to be honest, because how can you defend yourself against someone, when you don’t even know who it is?”

The anonymous sender led Sarah to feeling like she had no way “to set the record straight” as she doesn’t know where it has come from.

In a post shared to Facebook, Sarah wrote: “Whoever my ‘neighbours’ are can you please come and knock on my door and talk to me face to face.

“I only go out at 12 noon to fetch my son with special needs from his school and to take him in at nine am. I go out to work once a week on one morning (volunteering!) Or I pop to the shops which takes me all or 20 minutes.

“The rest of the time I’m home as I have a disabled partner to look after too.

“My dog is 13 years old, I’ve had him since he was six weeks old. He is deaf and has massive separation anxiety which he is medicated for. He’s well looked after and a much loved family pet. How can you threaten to possibly have him put down or taken away from my children?

“All the work I’ve done recently for my community with distributing clothes, bedding, toys and uniforms for all the families in need, working all hours god sends for not one penny – and this is the thanks I get?

Sarah also wrote that her windows had been open recently due to the hot weather.

The letter made Sarah feel “upset” as she began to worry about what would happen to her dog, Max.

She said: “I was worried he might get taken away or reported, I’ve had him for 13 years, he’s part of the family so obviously you start worrying if they are actually going to report you, what are you gonna do.”

Sarah and her pet dog Max
Sarah and her pet dog Max

Sarah is known for her work in her local community. She told LancsLive she “doesn’t stop working, for free, for the community.”

“I don’t benefit from it myself other than the joy of actually helping people,” she said. “So it was a bit of a blow really because I don’t think that’s how I should be treated, everyone that knows me around here in the community, as you can see from the support I’ve got, they all know me and we’re all friendly – so it did hurt, the fact that someone could think about me like that, like I don’t care about my dog. I’m one of the most caring people you could possibly meet, I’d give someone my last penny if they needed it.”

Sarah is the founder of No Child Goes Hungry Blackpool and has been running the Facebook page ‘No child on the Fylde goes without’ since the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020.

Sarah set up the page to help families who are in need of clothing or food. When free school meals were pulled last year, Sarah said she organised for businesses in Blackpool to give out free meals for children. After that, she moved onto clothing and uniform for children and women, now she is trying to collect toys for Christmas.

She said her volunteer work is “just to help all the families around here”, she explained: “there is a lot of families around here that need the help after the pandemic and having lost jobs, that who I have set it up for.”

Sarah said she was motivated to set up the charity due to her own experience as a single mum.

Sarah runs the Facebook page 'No child on the Fylde goes without'
Sarah runs the Facebook page ‘No child on the Fylde goes without’

Sarah told LancsLive: “I’ve been in the situation so many times where I’ve had nothing and I’ve had to rely on other people to help me with food. I’ve got my mum who lives half hour away and she would bring food parcels for me, but there is some people who don’t even have that.

“The thought of anybody sat there, and a mum on her own with kids who doesn’t know what she’s going to do to feed them that night, it’s horrible that thought. That’s what made me want to do it, I don’t want any child to go to bed with a hungry tummy.”

Sarah said: “I know I can’t save the world, I know I can’t feed every child, but if I can do this for my community that’s a good start.”

Whilst Sarah took to Facebook to try and find out “who it was” in hope to get her own point across, she has heard nothing more than the original letter.