The Animal Control Department handles Animal Nuisance Complaints during regular business hours only. A warning, to the owner, will be issued on the first complaint. If a second complaint is reported within 30 days, a citation may be issued to the owner. Since the complaint is a witness only complaint, if the owner pleads Not Guilty, the complainant will be subpoenaed to appear in Magistrate Court as a witness and testify about the Animal Nuisance.
Animal Nuisance County Ordinance
An Owner of an animal shall at all times control such animal so as to prevent it from creating a nuisance, however, no person may be charged with a violation of this Ordinance as a result of excessive barking or other vocalizing unless a warning has previously been issued by an Animal Control Officer within thirty (30) days of the charge of a violation, and unless a complainant has signed a written statement giving the address of the Owner, a description of the animal, a description of the offense, and the date, time, and location of the offense.
Nuisance means an Animal is considered to be a nuisance if it:
Chases Vehicles or Threatens, Attacks, or Interferes With Person, Other Domestic Animal, or Livestock on Public or Private Property
Damages the Property of Another
Defecates or Urinates on the Property of Another Unless Same is Promptly Removed
Disturbs the Peace of Any Person by Loud, Persistent, or Habitual Vocalization
Disturbs Trash or Other Refuse
Runs at Large Frequently or While in Heat or in a County Recreational Park