Barking Dogs

Neighbor's Barking Dog Disturbing You?
Animal Care understands that a neighbor's barking dog can be frustrating to live with but we encourage residents to address the problem directly with their neighbor first. Sometimes, a friendly chat or letter is all that is required to notify a neighbor that his/her dog is causing an issue. Most people want to be good neighbors and will take action to reduce their dog's barking if they know there is an issue.

If you decide to leave a letter for your neighbor, be polite and do not use inflammatory language. Take some time to write the letter after you have had a chance to calm down. Also, be specific in your details of the barking times and conditions. This will assist your neighbor in trying to determine why their dog is barking.

Submitting a Complaint
If speaking with your neighbor has not reduced the barking, Animal Care and the Police Department may be contacted to assist. Animal Care responds to barking complaints during the day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. After hours the Police Department will respond.

For the first complaint at a residence, Animal Care will mail a notification letter to the dog's owner to inform them of the possible violation. A second complaint made after 14 days from the initial call will result in an Animal Care officer conducting an inspection to verify the violation. If these actions do not resolve the issue, a complainant may file charges through Animal Care. For the information to be admitted in court, it is necessary the complainant be available to testify. Therefore, no charges may be filed from an anonymous complaint.