Not always man’s best friend

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Dogs will be dogs, and most dogs will bark or otherwise vocalize, but the town of Louisa is considering to repeal the current noise ordinance and adopt a new barking dog ordinance that is more restrictive and enforceable.

During the May 21 council meeting, Louisa resident Anne Schwarzenboeck told council that for the past three years, she and her neighbors have been subjected to the constant barking of a neighbor’s dog.

The consistent noise has been taking a toll on her health causing her to experience headaches and loss of sleep.

She said other neighbors in the neighborhood work nights and have to sleep during the day to the sound of the barking dog.

She told council she has tried on numerous occasions to address the issue with the dog’s owner even offering to buy a muzzle for the dog, but had no success.

During the meeting, town attorney Jeff Gore and town manager Brian Marks said the town’s current noise ordinance  was vague and difficult for law enforcement to enforce.

To read the entire story, see the July 11 edition of The Central Virginian.

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