What can I do about my neighbor’s dog that barks all the time?

An owner is responsible to keep his pet reasonably quiet, dogs are known to bark but may not be permitted to bark for an excessive period of time. As per Township noise ordinance:

It shall be unlawful for any property owner or tenant to allow any domesticated or caged animal to create a sound across a real property line which unreasonably disturbs or interferes with the peace, comfort, and repose of any resident, or to refuse or intentionally fail to cease the unreasonable noise when ordered to do so by a Noise Control Officer or Noise Control Investigator. Prima facie evidence of a violation of this section shall include but not be limited to:

  • Vocalizing (howling, yelping, barking, squawking, etc.) for five minutes without interruption, defined as an average of four or more vocalizations per minute in that period
  • Vocalizing for 20 minutes intermittently, defined as an average of two vocalizations or more per minute in that period

It is an affirmative defense under this subsection that the dog or other animal was intentionally provoked to bark or make any other noise.

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