Can You Call the Cops About a Neighborâs Barking Dog?
You can call the police if your neighborâs dog is barking, butÂ never dial 911 to report a barking dog. Use the police departmentâs non-emergency line. Before you call the police, however, keep a few things in mind:
Even if you think it won’t help solve a barking dog problem, it never hurts to try working something out before rushing into legal action.By
There is no such thing as a difficult dog, only an inexperienced owner. —Barbara Woodhouse, No Bad Dogs
If youre being disturbed by a barking dog in your neighborhood, the best first step is to ask the dogs owner to stop the noise. But a surprising number of people ignore or botch this process. Perhaps its not all that surprising; approaching someone with a complaint can be unpleasant and in some cases intimidating. And if youre afraid of your neighbors burly watchdog, which snarls at you whenever you come near its owners house, youre probably not eager to drop by to discuss things.
If a dog is being abused or neglected
If you suspect the dog is injured or being mistreated, the ASPCA has several guidelines for reporting animal cruelty:
You may submit an anonymous report, but consider including your contact information in case authorities need to reach you.