Instead of taking a “bite out of crime,” the city decides to “cash in on the bark.” Got a canine companion? Well, if their bark is worse than their bite, you could wind up cash poor. A new law, approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, threatens to fine pet owners between $250 and $1000 for insubordinate pets. What does this mean? If your dog is a-barkin’ officials may come a-knockin’! If your dog’s a night-owl, and likes to serenade the neighbors, according to this new law, chances are you might get paid a costly visit. In an attempt to address “quality of life” issues that usually end up in court, the city is leaning toward measures that would handle these infractions administratively. If your house is said to cause a late-night commotion, officers from the City Department of Animal Services are allowed to issue citations. These citations range from $250–first offense, $500–second offense, and $1000–for a third citation. Generally speaking, if a complaint is issued, an officer is sent to the alleged location–there, the officer literally listens to verify if the noise is compliant with the complaint. Usually, the 1st visit may result in a warning, however if a second complain is made–coupled with a written complaint–a notice is given to the canine owner, and they are required to attend an administrative hearing at the Downtown Los Angeles Headquarters. Barks are weighed against a continuous vs. intermittent scale. Before a fine is imposed, dog owners are instructed to remedy the problem; fines are only resultant if additional complaints are made.
Source: Beverly Press