Barking Dog Complaints
Our Animal Control Officers are here to help you resolve complaints regarding barking dogs through communication, education, and if necessary, legal process. If you have any questions, or if you would like to report a dog(s) that bark excessively in the cities of Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, La Canada Flintridge, and Glendale, please read through our procedures below and then call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 or (818) 240-9100.
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Barking Dog Complaint Procedures
California Penal Code Section 373a provides:
Every person who maintains, permits or allows a public nuisance to exist upon his or her property or premises, and every person occupying or leasing the property or premises of another who maintains, permits or allows a public nuisance to exist thereon, after reasonable notice in writing from a health officer or district attorney or city attorney or prosecuting attorney to remove, discontinue or abate the same has been served upon such person, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished accordingly; and the existence of such nuisance for each and every day after the service of such notice shall be deemed a separate and distinct offense, and it is hereby made a duty of the district attorney or the city attorney of any city the charter of which imposes the duty upon the city attorney to prosecute state misdemeanors, to prosecute all persons guilty of violating this section by continuous prosecutions until the nuisance is abated and removed.
Similarly, most municipal ordinances define "public nuisance animal" as:
Any animal or animals which by any sound or cry disturb the peace and comfort of any neighborhood, or interfere with any person in the reasonable and comfortable enjoyment of life or property.
Our officers make a reasonable effort to resolve complaints regarding public nuisance animals, such as dogs that bark excessively, through communication and education. After a complaint has been received, our officers communicate, in person and/or via telephone and correspondence, with the owner(s) of the dog(s) in question, inform him/her a complaint has been received, and provide him/her with information and literature to assist him/her in identifying reason(s) which may be causing his/her dog(s) to bark excessively, and possible solutions to the problem.
During rare incidents when literature and education have failed to resolve a complaint and every reasonable effort on the part of our officers has been exhausted, the complaint is handled via a petition process, which may result in all parties involved, including the owner(s) of the dog(s), the complaining party and witnesses, appearing and testifying before a public hearing and/or a court of law.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to report a dog(s) that bark excessively in the cities of Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, La Canada Flintridge, and Glendale, please call The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 ext. 217.