There is this freakishly odd noise................have no clue what it is.............sounds animalish.........possible bird? (what bird at night though? owl?) LOUD. No screeches. Just this really freakish noise. And a poor dog (possible puppy) crying like mad. I have no idea where this dog/puppy was.........but the bird thing (it's huge...I mean HUGE) was close because it basically sounded inside my house. Now silence. It was horrible. I have my windows open. At first from the horrid sound I couldn't hear the dog/puppy crying (and I do mean crying in agony) but then......yeah. Travis and I have seen this huge bird thing at dusk flapping around making that gawd horrid noise. I've heard many an owl, but nothing like this. I think it's perhaps taken roost in the pine tree across the alley from me on the lot of the empty corner house. I *think* I saw the people next door to that lot stake a puppy out with a dog house a couple of weeks ago. I've never heard the puppy after the first night so I sort of forgot about it. But I haven't heard/seen this huge bird thing in several days. (and trust me it's noise would wake me from a sound sleep, when it gets going it can hurt your ears) Hopefully the possible owl was hunting a mouse or some such and just scared the puppy silly........(the noise it was making, but why would it make noise while hunting?) I've said a prayer puppy is in his house shaking with fear and won't dare to come out until daylight. I should say we see the shadow form of this bird thing.........because it's not light enough to actually see any features. The puppy belongs to the residents of the halfway house for the mentally challenged. I hope to heck when they go out to catch their bus in the morning all they find is a sleeping puppy or one greeting them thrilled to see them. Any ideas on what on earth it could be?? And no I'm not sure I can describe this noise it makes. No where near like a hoot, screech (well maybe a screech but not like I've heard before). But by it's shadow it is huge with an enormous wing span. And if it's an owl (and I don't care what kind) how do I get rid of the darn thing so he/she roosts somewhere else............like out in the country where it belongs? I don't want to be hearing that horrible noise every darn night or be woken by it. And if it's going after puppies (I really hope it's noise was just scaring it), what about the stray cats/kittens?? The only thing I think of when I hear it's noise is how the transformers zapped and popped and hissed (only much louder than that) when we had the ice storm. I know it's weird but it has an electrical sound to it. It literally makes me want to claw at my ears until it stops. mother in law had owls over in her yard a few blocks from me. They were somewhat largish......but nothing like this one appears to be. They also sound nothing alike. mother in law's owls made normal owl noises. I also just paused long enough to look up owls for North America to hear what each one sounds like. No matches to what horrid noise I heard.