- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas city officials are looking to decrease how long pet owners can let their dogs bark.

The city’s animal ordinance says a person commits an offense if he or she knowingly lets their dog’s loud woof continue over 15 consecutive minutes near a private residence.

The director of Dallas Animal Services wants to decrease it to five minutes. But the Dallas assistant city attorney says it would increase the amount of complaints the city gets.

The director of Code Compliance Services says the city received nearly 1,700 complaints during the last fiscal year. The Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/1uyms5D ) reports not a single complaint resulted in a citation.

Council member Rick Callahan says 10 minutes might be a more reasonable figure.

A city panel will study the issue again next month.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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