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City proposes noise ordinance against dogs barking

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

If you live in Stamping Ground, and your dog won't stop barking you could find yourself in trouble with the law.

Stamping Ground, in Scott County, wants to change its noise ordinance to include barking dogs. The proposed ordinance states "a noise disturbance from a barking dog shall be defined as that created by a dog barking continually for ten minutes or intermittently for thirty unless it is provoked."

A handful of community and city commission members agree with the proposal. They not only say barking dogs are annoying, but that they also impact those who have to sleep during the day, because they work at night. "I think for some people it is needed. There are some people that have their animals but they don't want to take care," explains dog owner Denise Mosley. "I think disciplining your animal, keeping control of it, that's part of owning a pet."

If passed, the enforcement of the ordinance would go as follows:
First time offenders will be given a warning. A second offense within 12 months will result in a $25 fine. Third and subsequent offenses will result in a higher fine.

The city commission will meet for a second reading on October 4th.

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