People have dogs for many reasons; companionship, protection, exercise, stress reduction. It goes without saying that a pet comes with lots of responsibilities and one person’s pleasure can be another person’s pain. The Village is a high-density community and one barking dog can start a chain reaction that quickly gets out of control. In addition, dogs wandering off-lease onto private property can be annoyance even to people who have pets themselves.
While the Village does not have rules regarding pets, the City of Show Low does and those apply to the Village. Following are some excerpts taken from the City of Show Low Animal City Code. These snippets apply to dogs in particular.
Any owner or other person violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a civil violation, except where otherwise specifically provided; and such person shall be guilty of a separate offense for each and every day or portion thereof during which any violation of this chapter is committed or permitted. (Ord. No. 143, § 2, 6-24-81; Ord. No. 2004-14, § 6, 7-6-04; Ord. No. 2004-20, §§ 1-2, 9-21-04)
Disturbing the peace of another person by allowing your dog to bark or make any other objectionable noise is a violation of City Code.
Disturbing the peace
Any owner whose animal disturbs the peace and quiet of any person any time of the day or night by barking, whining, howling, crowing, braying, burrowing or by making any other similar objectionable noise in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion is guilty of a civil violation. (Ord. No. 143, § 2, 6-24-81; Ord. No. 194, § 2, 2-8-84; Ord. No. 2004-20, §§ 1-2, 9-21-04)
Citizens wishing to file a formal complaint on a barking dog are required to fill out a barking dog packet and must be willing to testify in court. The barking dog packet can be filled out on-line Barking Dog Packet or obtained by visiting the Show Low Police Department (150 North 6Th Street). Once the packet is filled out you can take it to the Police Department and request to speak with Animal Control.
Disposal of waste
It is unlawful for any person whose animals defecate on property they do not own to fail to immediately clean up and properly dispose of the waste. (Ord. No. 2004-20, §§ 1-2, 9-21-04)
Regarding the requirement that dogs be on a leash when not on the owner’s property, the following was found on the City of Show Low website.
Dogs are not to run loose in the City of Show Low. If a dog is not contained in a fenced yard, it is required to be restrained by a leash. View the City Code for more information.
Please be a considerate neighbor; walk your dog on a leash, pick up poop and control barking.