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Minneapolis Animal Care
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212 17th Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

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612-673-MACC (6222)
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Barking Dogs

Barking dogs can be a nuisance, and in certain circumstances it is against the law. Minneapolis City Ordinance 64.90, Dogs Disturbing the Peace, states:

It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, have in possession, or harbor any dog which by frequent and habitual howling, yelping, barking, or otherwise, produce noise that unreasonably disturbs the peace, quiet, or repose of a person or persons of ordinary sensibility, provided that the provisions of this section shall not apply to duly authorized hospitals or clinics conducted for the treatment of small animals.

The following behavior is a violation of this ordinance:

Important: The barking cannot be provoked.

Report a Dog Barking Violation

Report a Dog Barking Violation

Please call 311 from Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 am to 4:30 p.m on Saturdays.  MACC will respond to barking complaints only during the following hours:

To Make the Complaint

Be aware of the following information before you make a complaint:

MACC’s Response to the Complaint

1st ComplaintA form letter is sent out to the dog owner's property indicating that MACC has received a complaint of a dog's barking in violation of Minneapolis City Ordinance. The letter indicates the ordinance requirements, what they can do, and the consequences for a violation of the barking ordinance. The owner is given 7 days to address the issue before any additional action by MACC is taken.

 

2nd ComplaintA second form letter is sent out to the dog owner's property indicating that MACC has received a second complaint of a dog's barking in violation of Minneapolis City Ordinance. The letter repeats the ordinance requirements, what they can do, and the consequences for a violation of the barking ordinance. The owner is given 7 days to address the issue before any additional action by MACC is taken.

 

3rd ComplaintAn officer is dispatched to the address to record any barking. The officer will park in such a manner so as not to incite the dog and records for 10 minutes. If the officer determines that the dog is disturbing the peace as described in ordinance 64.90 (producing noise that unreasonably disturbs the peace of a person of ordinary sensibility) a $200 civil citation is issued.

 

4th to 7th ComplaintsSame procedure as 3rd complaint, except the citation may be doubled for each subsequent violation up to $2,000.

 

If MACC is unable to document any violation of Ordinance 64.90 Dogs Disturbing the Peace, the complainant will be referred to a petition process with the City Attorney's Office.

Last updated Jun 3, 2014