How to Bark Back

I have a dog situation.

A few weeks ago, I started hearing a dog barking in my parking lot. My building faces several apartment buildings, so it took me a minute to figure out that the barking was coming from the balcony of one of those buildings. A dog is often on that balcony–it appears that it can go freely in and out of the apartment.

The barking doesn’t happen every day, but when the dog decides to bark, it continues constantly for hours. The saddest thing is that it’s a sad bark–it is not the bark of a happy dog. It’s an anguished bark.

I don’t know if anything technically wrong is happening, much less something illegal. I’ve thought about calling in a noise complaint, but do police care about dogs that bark too much? That’s pretty much a dog’s only job.

And if I did report it, how would I even tell them where it’s coming from? Literally the only description I have is, “That balcony over there.” (see photo–the building’s parking lot is gated)

What do you think? Have you ever encountered anything like this?