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Knightdale drafting animal nuisance ordinance

Posted July 16, 2009

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— The Wake County town of Knightdale is drafting an ordinance that could have residents with noisy animals paying a price.

Assistant Town Manager Seth Lawless said Thursday that the rules, which could go up for a vote before the Town Council next month, would allow police officers to cite pet owners whose animals are disturbing other residents at certain hours of the day.

Knightdale residents could face fines for noisy pets Knightdale residents could face fines for noisy pets

The town started considering the rule after numerous complaints of dogs barking during the overnight hours.

The ordinance, however, would apply to any animal, Lawless said. What town staff have yet to determine the hours when it would apply.

Police would have to receive a complaint, go to the property and observe the violation themselves, he said. They would have the authority to issue a citation based on what they observe, not the complaint itself.

"The primary concern is what it does to the quality of life of neighbors," Lawless said.

Violators would face a $50 fine for the first offense, and an additional $50 for each violation thereafter, with a maximum fine of $500.

Town resident Fred Davis said he thinks the town needs the rule.

He said he filed a complaint against a neighbor whose dog barked throughout the night on multiple occasions, keeping him and his wife awake.

"We just need to get this comfortable sleep without hearing dogs," he said.

Other residents, however, said they aren't too sure.

"I think it's kind of crazy, because you really don't have control over whether the dog barks or he doesn't," resident Bonita Dunn said.

"I'm thinking that's just another way to get $50 out of people," resident Amanda Courtney said.

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  • Joco.GirL 06 Jul 17, 2009

    "I think it's kind of crazy, because you really don't have control over whether the dog barks or he doesn't," resident Bonita Dunn said.

    Well I think she's kind of crazy- if you can't control your dog, you shouldn't have it. And you can control whether it barks or not; i do believe they have invented a bark collar. I have 2 dogs & the one barks and it IS annoying at night- therefore she can wear her collar. (i've probably started a whole debate of animal rights:) )

    While I agree with aintbackingdwn I also agree with anb8503. If collars don't work then bring it inside your house.

  • aintbackingdwn Jul 17, 2009

    Aww common - It's not just the dogs. It's pure obnoxious neighbors. Like cutting the grass at 7am, racing the truck engine to show displeasure for some unknown wrong, siting in the cult-a-sak with highbeams aimed at the kitchen window, cars going in and out the yard every 5 minutes, claiming another 10 feet of your property as their own every time they cut the yard, riding hourses across the neighbors yard and leaving the #2 behind.

    Weeners, a slingshot and some rat poison should solve a noisy dog with the inconciderate neigbor problem. Fines are just going to have the neigbors meeting in the street with guns drawn after the second call.

  • anb8503 Jul 16, 2009

    Chole: "You can't control a dog from barking"

    No, you cannot control a dog from barking but you can take it inside and make sure everything is ok with the dog and your property. I guarantee, in most cases, taking a dog inside will stop it from barking. There are a ton of ways to get a dog to stop barking. It takes owners that care!

  • anb8503 Jul 16, 2009

    Sweet B: "Turn a fan ON!"

    Just an FYI, I sleep with a box fan on high, sitting on my bedside table, within 2 feet from my head! The fan doesn't work with drowning out the noise.

  • anb8503 Jul 16, 2009

    I am very much an animal person and own a dog myself. My neighbors dogs bark constantly and you never hear the owners come out to check on them. (I've sat out there for 30 minutes or longer to see what they were barking at several mornings.) They get no attention, day or night, and wake me and my 5 year old son up every morning at 4 am when they start their 2 hour "conversation". I have never called the cops or complained to the owners but it is very frustrating when I work 40 hours a week, attend school at night, and I'm currently pregnant so getting to sleep and staying asleep is a job all in itself! Unfortunately, my 5 year old is also a student and he is woken up every morning at 4am; as well, when he doesn't need to get up until 7.

    I think the law needs to be passed. If your dogs bark long enough for someone to complain and cops drive out, then they have obviously barked long enough to disturb others.

  • ohmygosh Jul 16, 2009

    Hooray.

    The reason dog barking is so annoying is because it is supposed to alert and wake you. Unfortunately, many dogs bark at all things real and imagined be it a crook or a pin drop. Nobody can pretend they know why.

    If these pet owners love to hear it, have them bring in their dog(s) at night. That way they can enjoy it close up.

  • rescuefan Jul 16, 2009

    wrong. People can get bark collars, e-collars, even sedatives to keep dogs from barking. But I guess a pooch is more important than a neighbor dying on 540 because he went to sleep.
    MrPearce

    Or you can just train your dog rather than resorting to cruel methods to make them stop barking. Or even better, bring them into the house.

  • MrPearce Jul 16, 2009

    "I think it's kind of crazy, because you really don't have control over whether the dog barks or he doesn't."

    wrong. People can get bark collars, e-collars, even sedatives to keep dogs from barking. But I guess a pooch is more important than a neighbor dying on 540 because he went to sleep.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 16, 2009

    "Dog owners need to take responsibilty, and the attitude of some poeple on here shows exactly why there is a problem. Sure, dogs bark. But the owner is responsible for ensuring it doesn't keep the neighbors up all night."

    To the person that posted the quote above... and to all the rest of you who stated something similar in your posts..... Here is my reply.

    I've had a long talk with my two dogs. We discussed how people didn't like their loud noises. They argued with me like a teenager. But I think I got through to them. They assured me they would make an effort to please the neighbors and keep their noise down. They said they would keep their loud playing and partying to a minimum. I told them I would have to take away their chew toys if they didn't. They again assured me they would keep quiet. So I hope our conversation takes care of the problem.

  • Tax Man Jul 16, 2009

    I encourage my German Shepherd to bark at strangers who are near my home. He is great in that he does not just bark unless there is a problem! Guess if I were in Knightdale and a cop came to my front door my GSD would definitely let him know who was boss! So would I get a ticket? If I did live in Knightdale and did get a ticket when my dog was doing his "job" I would fight it and keep the city attorney working hard! How about a little common sense here - if the dog is a persistent nuisance with multiple warnings then I see a problem. Not ever for a first offense or if there is a reason for the dog to bark (such as someone coming on my property).

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