Barking excessively is annoying and now it is costly. In Los Angeles the City Council voted yesterday to amend the City's barking law. If you live close to a dog that barks all of the time, you know how annoying it is. It's not your dog, not much you can do, up until now.
If you live in Los Angeles and Fido down the block drives the neighbors nuts with his constant barking; now you can do something about it. If the dog isn't licensed, you can still file a complaint and it will cost the dog's owner some hard earned bucks.
The owner(s) will be fined $250 for the first offense for Fido's barking excessively, $500 for the second offense and the biggie is $1,000 for the third offense. Of course, there will be a hearing before the fines are imposed. The Department of Animal Services will be in charge of those hearings, according to the LA Times.
They have determined that barking excessively barking means at least 10 minutes or more of non-stop barking or 30 minutes of intermittent barking. Some dogs bark for hours on end without stopping, so maybe something will be done about it. You have probably heard dogs barking for hours and hours, 10 minutes doesn't seem like a very long time does it?
This isn't a done-deal quite yet. The mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, has to sign off on the ordinance. If he does, then it will go into effect prior to the end of 2011.