That Bark’ll Be $250, Please

New Jersey town may fine owners whose dogs bark too much.

Posted: February 26, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

The Clifton, N.J., City Council says it plans to introduce an ordinance this week that would set a limit on how long a dog can bark before it is considered a nuisance and the owner is fined.

Under the proposal, a limit of 30 minutes of continuous barking for two consecutive days would be set in defining dog owners’ culpability.

Several city residents have said that timeframe is fair, though they wondered how the city will enforce it.

Some say the legislation would be difficult to enforce for many reasons, including authorities not arriving in time to hear the dog barking; dog owners denying their dog was barking; and reluctance of reporting neighbors to sign nuisance complaints.

If approved by the council, fines would be determined by a judge and could start at $250, according to city health officer John Biegel.

Clifton is home to an estimated 3,750 dogs, according to the city’s dog licensing records.


4 of 8 Comments View All 8 Comments

Give us your opinion Give us your opinion on That Bark’ll Be $250, Please

Get Adobe Flash player

Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

8/26/2016 4:35:25 AM

What a huge issue being opened up here. Proving this is court will be a big issue. Owner must be more considerate of their neighbors. It is sad a law has to be brought in to control barking because of some owners not think about the impact of barking on others.

User Avatar

Richard   Bolivar, TN

3/17/2010 10:13:44 AM

I do not think they are talking about an occasional bark. I think they are talking about loud, uncontrolled barking at all hours. We have no such law here, YET! My neighbors dogs on their leads are feet from my window when I am sleeping, or trying to sleep and they bark at times for a half hour at a time. We have a noise ordnance, 11pm to 6am that can't seem to be enforced against god owners. I am fighting for an ordnance and my sleep. I was here before the dogs and my neighbor.

User Avatar

Ron   Montclair, CA

12/19/2009 11:07:05 PM

Shut Your dog up or keep it in the house where you neighbors dont have to hear it. You decided to keep a dog, not your neighbors.

User Avatar

Sophie   Noneya, NY

5/23/2008 2:49:27 PM

Awesome, pass that law, i can never get to sleep at night, bc its just bark bark bark all night with those dogs. And here's the interesting thing, most of the time, its just one dog barking, not two dogs barking at eachother

Login to get points for commenting or write your comment below

First Name : Email :
International :
City : State :

Captcha Image

Get New Captcha

Top Products