Unreasonable pet noise (barking, whining, howling, yowling, squawking, etc.) that disturbs the peace and quiet of any person in an excessive, continuous, or untimely fashion should be reported.
Step 1: Communicate with the pet owner
If there is a barking dog in your neighborhood, talk with your neighbor before making a complaint. The owner may 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 to 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 or notifying them of the problem, file a formal complaint online or by calling 970.266.3647 ext. 7. Before filing a complaint please 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
- The exact time and date the dog was causing a disturbance (download the record sheet here)
- Your name, address and phone number (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 Animal Protection and Control, please file a second complaint, providing the same information as listed above.
Upon receipt of a second formal complaint, we 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 corroborate your testimony. Multiple statements from various parties can strengthen a case, rule out neighbor disputes and aid in addressing the problem quickly and fairly. 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.
All information regarding filed complaints is releasable through public record unless you indicate in your statement you would like it to be anonymous.
Learn more about Fort Collins municipal code regarding animal disturbance of the peace.