Unreasonable pet noise that disturbs the peace and quiet of any person by barking, whining, howling, yowling, squawking or making any other noise in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion should be reported.
Steps to filing a barking dog complaint:
Step 1: Communicate with the pet owner
When there is a barking dog in your neighborhood Larimer Humane Society advises that you talk with your neighbor before making a complaint. It is possible that the owner does not realize that the dog is barking and causing a disturbance; dogs tend to bark when their owner(s) are not home. Try to work out a mutually agreeable and reasonable solution in a neighborly manner.
If you are uncomfortable approaching your neighbor directly, Larimer Humane Society advises you print the noisy pet letter for your corresponding jurisdiction and deliver it to your neighbor .
Step 2: If the noise continues, submit a complaint
If the barking continues after discussing the issue with your neighbor and/or printing off the noisy pet letter , please call Larimer Humane Society to file a formal complaint. To best address your concerns, we will need the exact days and times the dog was causing a disturbance. Completing the barking dog incident log here is very helpful.
When contacting our dispatch office, it is ideal to have the following information available:
- The address for the barking dog(s), if known
- A description of the dog(s) (size, breed, color, etc.), if known
- To help us better serve you, please provide the exact time and date the dog was causing a disturbance (download the record sheet here)
- Your name, address and phone number (Please indicate at the time of your call if you would like the complaint to be anonymous)
- The owner's name and telephone number, if known
Once a formal complaint is filed, please allow the dog’s owner 7-10 days to correct the problem.
Step 3: If the violation continues after a first formal complaint is reported
If the animal disturbance continues 7-10 days after filing a formal complaint with our Animal Protection & Control department, please contact Larimer Humane Society to file a second complaint, providing the same information as listed above.
Upon receipt of a second formal complaint, Larimer Humane Society will dispatch an officer to your neighborhood to verify the complaint and to your residence to obtain a witness statement from you and, ideally, a neighbor. When filing a second complaint, please attempt to have the name and number of a second neighbor to collaborate your testimony. Multiple statements from various parties can strengthen a case, rule out neighbor disputes and aid in addressing the problem is the quickest and fairest manner. Recording all days and times the animal was causing a disturbance by downloading the barking dog incident log will help Larimer Humane Society better serve you.
Remember that all information regarding filed complaints is releasable through public record unless you indicate in your statement you would like it to be anonymous.
For more information regarding an animal’s disturbance of the peace as it pertains to the Fort Collins municipal code, please visit code section 4-94.
For more information on barking dog complaints, view this video interview.