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City Council Places Limit on How Long Dogs Are Allowed to Bark…Even Inside

For a great many Americans, our four-legged friends are truly our family.  They live in our homes with us, they snuggle up on the couch with us…heck, some of them even come on vacation with us.

But for dog and cat owners in Atlanta, Georgia, particularly noisy pets could also start to cost their owners serious money.

For some, the sounds of our dogs barking, meowing, or crowing is just part of being a pet owner. But if pets go on too loud for more than 10 minutes, it can not only annoy neighbors but could now cost pet owners some serious money.

”This is mostly going to apply to dogs that are outside or if you live in multi-family housing and you can hear it through the walls, it would apply,” said Councilmember Dustin Hillis with District 9, “It applies across the city with the exception being dog facilities.”

This was part of a drastic shift.

Atlanta City Council was in a conversation Monday about an ordinance that changes an existing Animal Nuisance law. Now, if a pet barks, whines, meows, or crows continuously for 10 minutes, the animal is considered a nuisance, instead of 20 minutes under the original law.

Now, even if it’s Fido’s first offense, his owner can be fined up to $150 per instance.