11/21/2008 - Barking Dogs: Fines to be issued


The City administration has received an increased number of complaints concerning loud pets, especially dogs. Owners of loud pets should be mindful of their neighbors. Dogs should be taken inside if they are barking continually and causing a disturbance of the peace. Prolonged barking is a violation of City ordinance. § 112-5(c) states:

Prohibited Acts:
Animals and birds: owning, possessing or harboring any pet animal or pet bird that frequently or for continued duration makes sounds that create a noise disturbance across a residential real property line. For the purpose of this section, a "noise disturbance from a barking dog" shall be defined as that created by a dog barking continually for 10 minutes or intermittently for 30 minutes unless provoked.

Fines of up to $250 will be issued for residents who violate the ordinance. Residents who experience routine disruptions from barking dogs should report the incidents to the Hackensack Police Department, 201-646-7777.