YUMA, Ariz. – Imagine having to listen to dogs bark all day and night. San Luis city officials say you won’t have to now that a new ordinance if fining owners for having loud dogs. An existing city ordinance was amended last week by city council members to address the issue with barking dogs in South County.
“Dogs that bark a lot, well that’s kind of frustrating because they bark just for nothing sometimes, but still I think they do let us sleep.” says Adela Rodriguez who lives in an area with a lot of dogs and even has dogs herself.
The new ruling will mean dog owners who don’t keep their pets quiet will have to pay hefty fines. The fines will start at $50 but can go up to $750 depending on how many times police come out to your home. However, for dog owners like Maria Chavez, dogs barking are a good thing.
“Dogs let you know if there something wrong, it’s an alarm and you don’t have to pay for that alarm.” says Chavez.
The amended ordinance not only applies to four legged animals, but really any pets that make noise.
“Dogs at least let you know when there someone around the house or something.” says Chavez.
City officials say citations and fines will go into effect June 26th.