If barking dogs are a problem in your neighborhood, we suggest the neighborly approach as a good place to start. Maybe the dog’s owner isn’t aware that the dog is a problem to others, and the solution might be, as simple as asking the owner to bring the dog inside during the hours when you are trying to sleep. It’s surprising how often people are willing to cooperate when they become aware that their pet is keeping someone else awake. If the neighborly approach fails, you must write a letter describing the problem. Give as much detail as possible, including:
- Your name, address and phone (this must be included in your letter)
- Location (address) of the dog(s) causing the problem
- Description of the animal’s problem behavior
- Description of how the animal’s behavior is affecting you
When we receive the letter, we can dispatch an officer to discuss the problem with the dog’s owner. A warning notice will be left to document the visit. If the dog continues to bark, and you make another complaint within 15 days, the owner will receive a summons. Be aware that, according to the definition used in the law, nuisance barking or noise-making must be excessive before a summons will be issued.