How could I make a barking dog complaint?

When filling a barking dog complaint please follow the steps below to ensure proper documentation and resolution.

  • Contact Animal Control leaving a message of where the location, time of disturbance and name of the owner if known.Please leave your number so that someone can explain the procedures that we must follow so that we will be able to handle this complaint in a timely manner. (a) Animal Control will make a courtesy call to the residence advising them of the complaint that has been filed and of the procedure that will follow if the complainant feels the barking continuse.
  • If a courtesy call does not rectify the issue, you as the complainant must document for at least 7 to 10 days the noise nuisance, and or video tape or record such nuisance. You must submit in writing a signed complaint requesting a hearing and forward copies of said logs/videos to Animal Control Department.
  • Animal Control will review all the information and forward to the Hearing Officer for his review.
  • The Animal Control Officer will set up a hearing date and time and notify by mail all complainants and the dog owner of a public hearing.
  • A hearing will be conducted and the Hearing Officer will make a determination as to whether the complaint is valid or be dismissed. If the complaint is valid the hearing officer will render a decision within 60 days of said hearing

This is pursuant to MA.Genral Laws Chapter 140 Section 157a Dog Complaints and Hearings

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