It shall be unlawful for any owner or custodian of an animal to allow that animal to create a disturbance by loud, persistent, or habitual barking, howling, yelping or other unreasonable noise.
If possible we encourage you to contact your neighbor and try to work it out on the neighborhood level first before filing a complaint. Although this is not required it can be an effective way of resolving the issue and opening up direct communication with your neighbor. Additionally, you can request a form letter, provided by Arvada Animal Management, which you can send to the owner if speaking to them directly is not desirable.
When Animal Management receives a complaint of barking dogs, the owner is usually first given a written or verbal warning. If this does not resolve the problem a ticket may be issued. For a ticket to be issued the ordinance requires two witnesses from separate households to be willing to testify to the specific complaint.
To file a barking dog complaint you must provide an exact location of where the dog lives, a description of the animal, and the dates and time frames the dog barks. Additionally, you must leave your name, address and phone number. If you would like to request a form letter, a brochure on barking dogs or to file a barking dog complaint please submit a service request or call us at 720-898-6850.
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