How Do I Report a Neighbor's Barking Dog?
Animal Control has established procedures to address barking dog complaints in 3 phases. The most efficient way to resolve the complaint is to consistently report the nuisance to Animal Control once every 7 to 10 days during a 3 to 4 week period. The county takes specific action if the noise hasn't subsided after each complaint received. The process allows for voluntary compliance by the dog owner while establishing a defensible court case if needed. If too much time lapses between complaints, the process must begin anew.
If you haven't reported the barking nuisance within the last 30 days, submit your complaint in writing to Animal Control with:
- Description of complaint
- Description of dog
- The dog owner's address
- Times and dates
- Other helpful information to build a potential prosecution case
Be sure to include your name and address and phone number. Animal Control does not accept anonymous complaints. Letters may be addressed to:
Carson Animal Care Center
216. West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
In response, Animal Control will send a letter to the dog owner stating the complaint about excessive noise and offering some suggestions to minimize the barking behavior. The dog owner will be given a week to voluntarily comply.
After a week, if the noise hasn't abated, call Animal Control at 310-523-9566 to report no improvement. Animal Control will then send an officer to visit the dog owner and discuss options to comply with the animal noise regulations. Generally, the officer will also try to inspect the dog and property, if permitted, to check if everything is in order.
If no compliance is observed after 7 days, call Animal Control at 310-523-9566. Animal Control will mail a petition form that must be signed by 3 separate households willing to testify in court, if necessary. Upon receiving the completed petition, Animal Control will forward the case file to the District Attorney's office for review. Depending upon the nature of the case, a hearing may be scheduled to hear both sides of the issue and the hearing officer will settle the problem, or the District Attorney's office may consider prosecuting the dog owner.