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BARKING AND ANIMAL NUISANCE ORDINANCE
My neighbor's dog barks all the time. What do I do?
You can submit a complaint via telephone at 310-253-6143, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via fax at 310-253-6217 (Please ensure to attention: Culver City Animal Services).
If the Culver City Animal Services Officer observes a violation at the time of the visit, appropriate action will be taken. Because most animal ordinances are considered infractions, the Culver City Animal Services Officer cannot take any legal action unless the Officer actually witnesses a violation in progress. This does not mean nothing can be done about a violation. Citizens can provide supportive evidence, photographs, video recordings, and documentation regarding a complaint to:
Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232
Citizens can also e-mail the information or complaint to:
My dog barks all the time. What can I do?
As a dog owner, you know the companionship, loyalty, love and fun that your dog adds to your life, but you must also realize your responsibility toward your neighbors. Excessive barking can be a source of great irritation for neighbors as well as those who have to live with a noisy dog. The security of knowing you have a real watchdog, as well as enjoying a peaceful and quiet neighborhood, is well worth the effort.
Barking is a natural behavior for dogs. However, excessive barking is often a sign that something may be `wrong.’
The first step in solving the problem is to determine why your dog is barking excessively:
Remember that training takes time and persistence. NEVER hit or strike your dog. This will not address the problem and will likely create confusion and fear in your dog. Devices such as anti-bark static (electrical) correction or citronella spray collars are available at many stores and online. Spraying water from spray bottles can help break your dog’s focus, but don’t spray directly into your dog’s face. Spray at the hindquarters as the point is as a distraction. If you need help with dog training, ask your veterinarian for advice. You can also look under ‘Dog Training’ in the yellow pages.
For a brochure on how to address your barking dog:
What constitutes a nuisance animal or a barking dog?
Animal ownership is welcomed within Culver City; however, strong emphasis is placed on responsible ownership of animals. Animal owners are encouraged to respect the rights of their fellow residents and also those of their animals. Primary responsibility is placed upon animal owners to properly train and/or secure their animals so as to prevent them from causing injuries and/or creating nuisances.
Barking dogs, whining puppies, chirping pet birds, and squawking pet birds are all examples of noise found in major urban areas. Understandably, certain noise levels must be tolerated by all residents in order for normal functions of urban life to continue. However, excessive, unnecessary, and/or annoying noise is subject to regulation. The nuisance animal ordinance states that it is illegal for any animal to bark, howl, yelp, bay, or make any sounds common to the species, in a manner that disturbs the peace of the neighborhood.
Undoubtedly, it is unusual and difficult for an Animal Services Officer to witness or verify an offense of this nature in person. The Animal Services Officer does not live in the neighborhood and is unable to dedicate hours or days at a residence to observe for a nuisance violation. The enforcement of the nuisance ordinances depends on different variables existing at the time of the Animal Services Officer's investigation. The totality of the evidence and reasonable interpretation of the nuisance ordinance must be considered to determine whether the behavior would meet the threshold of “nuisance” and a violation [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.035 and 9.07.030]. Supportive documentation, written logs, video and audio recordings, and other neighbor testimonies provided by the complainant will also assist in this determination. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.
Based on experience, research and training, these examples constitute the majority of the nuisance complaint and demonstrate nuisance violations:
Please, go to the following links for more information:
LICENSING AND ANIMAL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
DOGS RUNNING LOOSE
CULVER CITY OFF-LEASH DOG PARK
"POOP SCOOPER" ORDINANCE
SPCALA HAWTHORNE SHELTER
STRAY AND FERAL CATS
WILDLIFE, NON-DOMESTIC AND EXOTIC ANIMALS
BITING ANIMALS AND VICIOUS ORDINANCES
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
VIOLATIONS AND COMPLAINTS
CITATIONS AND APPEAL HEARINGS
Culver City encompasses approx. 5 square miles and is home to approx. 40,000 residents. It is just minutes from LAX, Marina del Rey and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Downtown Los Angeles, making it ideal for residents, business, and visitors alike. For more information, click here for the official website for The City of Culver City.
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