Barking is a way dogs communicate, including for reasons like anxiety, distress, boredom, lack of or excess stimuli.
If a dog is constantly barking in your street and is causing a nuisance, you can tell the City about it. We have regulations to address the issue of barking dogs.
Let the dog owner know you're concerned about the barking and give them a chance to make it right. To motivate the dog owner, mention that you'll report your concern to the City if the barking continues.
Try speaking to them directly, or if you're not comfortable, leave an anonymous note.
To report the barking dog, use VanConnect or phone 3-1-1.
Provide the following details:
We ask for your name, address, and phone number because we contact you to discuss your concern and explain next steps. We keep your information private. While we allow anonymous reports, they are only recorded, not investigated.
After we receive your report, we assign an animal control officer to:
If the dog keeps barking, the assigned animal control officer will:
Use the log (called a barking package) to record the day, time, and duration of barking, and impact it has on you.
Send your completed barking package to the animal control officer. They will review and present the barking package to the city prosecutor to approve charges.
If the city prosecutor approves charges, a court date is set. You will need to attend court and verify the details you recorded in the barking package. By attending court, the owner of the barking dog will know your identity.
The court judge can decide to fine the dog owner and impose a court order to stop the dog barking.
Use our VanConnect app to make a dog complaint in Vancouver.
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