LOS ANGELES (CBS) — If you can’t quiet your barking dog, it may cost you. The Los Angeles City Council has voted to amend the city’s barking dog ordinance.

A first offense will cost dog owners $250. A second offense jumps to $500, and a third offense will result in a $1,000 fine.

Barking is considered excessive if it continues for 10 minutes or more, or intermittently for 30 minutes or more within a three-hour period.

The amended ordinance still needs to be signed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Comments (9)
  1. Hate Dogs says:

    About freakin time!!!

    Nothing worse than a mutt who constantly barks…And an owner who gets upset when you ask them to quiet their peice of garbage dog.

    Funny thing is, they bark all day when the owner isn’t home, but when the owner is home and the dog barks you hear them shushing it…Oh yeah, god forbid you get irritated!

    1. SoCal ExDem says:

      Most dogs don’t just bark to be annoying, I live on an alley, if folks are in my alley making noise my dogs are going to bark. They are watch dogs, its their job to alert you when things aren’t normal. Barking dogs don’t bother me, loose dogs running around nipping at the children. That bothers me!

      1. Still Hate Dogs says:

        My neighbors yappy mutt barks at every freakin car that drives by, ever person that walks by on either side of the street and at the air. She is rarely home and that dog is super annoying….It will bark for HOURS AND HOURS non-stop!!! BUT, when she is home, she keeps it quiet so as to not annoy HER!!

        The second the mayor signs this she will be the first test subject.

        And its not your alley, you share with others. People should be able to get in and out of their car without being barked at. They should be able to take out the trash without being barked at. They should be able to walk on by without being barked at. You say they are watch dogs and alert you if things aren’t normal, people carrying out NORMAL day to day activities should not constitute an auditory assault by your animals to all of your neighbors. The barking may not bother you…just as I’m sure the smell of your own farts don’t bother you…But I can assure you, your dogs noise is annoying someone within barking distance…and with this new ordinance, it’s gonna cost you.

  2. Ray says:

    Another win for the UNIONS of Los Angeles

  3. Mel says:

    It would.d be better just to Shoot them

  4. HB says:

    The lazy bum balls next door on Edgemont street bought a mean dog last year. If this is ammended it will cost that idiot plenty.

  5. P says:

    how can you prove that a dog barks so much for a specified period of time or if its just a miserable neigbor that likes to complain alot?

  6. Dianne says:

    Dogs bark at passing people and dogs but it ENDS when the person or dog moves on. This is for CONSTANT NON STOP BARKING whether or not someone is walking by. When a dog is barking non stop it is because it is seriously stressed out so this ordinance is also good for the owners who will be forced to pay attention to their dogs dilemma. You will also prove the dog is barking by an animal regulation officer witnessing or you can video tape.

  7. Got Barking? says:

    The time has come for all dog owners to be responsible for their pets. Dog barking really is a nuisance. It can disrupt the health and well-being of those that have to put up with it. Especially if the barking is at night. Check out this web site that has useful information for dog owners and the neighbor’s of barking dogs.


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