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Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 - 02:31 am:   

Please help!!! We live between two houses with very noisy dogs, (one house with a rotweiller and the other with a German Sheppard and Lab). The barking is non-stop!! What is the noise ordinance? Unfortunatly, the neighbors travel, and leave their dogs out for extended periods of time. I called the police and was told they cannot leave any type of warning on their door, that the dog owners must be home to receive their complaint. What can I do?

Captain John Bruce
Posted on Friday, September 20, 2002 - 08:20 am:   

Barking dogs are a problem for most neighborhoods. If the barking is non-stop between the hours of 10pm and 7am, then it might be in violation. Continue to contact the police department at 972-335-5505 to report these situations. Officers have been advised to take some form of action. This might entail a warning, a citation, or a follow-up meeting with the dog owners. If you have any additional information or questions, feel free to contact me at 972-335-5502 or

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2002 - 02:48 pm:   

Is continuous barking only a possible violation between 10pm and 7am? That leads me to believe that "anything goes" between 7am and 10pm.

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police (Todd)
Posted on Friday, September 20, 2002 - 04:58 pm:   

No, what Captain Bruce was trying to convey was that by ordinance the noise between those hours is specifically prohibited. Incessant barking at other hours could also constitute a violation.

We have often suggested that citizens consider meeting with their neighbors to discuss the issue and give them an opportunity to work it out in a friendly and neighborly manner, however, if you choose the police response we will respond and take appropriate action.

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