Revere Police Department - 400 Revere Beach Pkwy - Revere, MA 02151 - (781) 284-1212
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What are the laws dealing with barking dogs?


     It is an animal owners responsibility to ensure that their dog is not making excessive noises, resulting in the disturbance of another. Revere Police Animal Control encourages neighbors to speak with an offending dog owner, or leave a note before requesting animal control assistance. Most often a dog owner is unaware of his dogs offensiveness to others. If, after contact with a neighbor, no change results in the animal's behavior, animal control should be notified.  Animal Control Officer Masiello will contact the dog owner, inform them of the complaint and provide them with a copy of the city ordinance fine and possible solutions. If the noise continues you must realize that your assistance will play an important part to the solution. Because a nuisance takes place over an extended period of time, unlike loud music or a party, documentation will be necessary to determine if the noise is a nuisance. A video tape recording of the animal will assist in showing that this, without question, is the problem animal. The video will also provide the city with a sample of the noises being made by the dog. If the dog owner is issued a citation, you will be required to appear in court to testify to the nature of the noise.  The city recommends having a second neighbor agree and be willing to file a formal complaint as well.

City Ordinances:

6.04.080 Noisy dogs

Any dog which, by biting or frequent or habitual barking, howling or yelping, or in any way or manner, injures or disturbs the quiet of any person or the community or which disturbs or endangers the comfort, repose or health of persons, is committing a nuisance. It is unlawful for any owner or person having custody of such dog to harbor or permit it to commit such nuisance. Violation of this section is subject to the penalties set forth in Section 6.04.100. (Prior revision 4-8)

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