Dog Control Act
The neighbours’ noisy dog is a common day-to-day problem in neighbourhood life. Dogs bark for many reasons, the most common being frustration, boredom, attention-seeking and fear. Excessive dog barking that disrupts people and causes a nuisance is an offence under legislation acts.
Before a complaint is filed about the noise level of the dog barking, it may be worth confronting the owner and trying to resolve the predicament. You can also contact the local authority dog warden who can call to your neighbour to discuss the complaint, check for the necessary dog license and try to create a resolution.
How to make a complaint
If no attempt is made on the owner’s behalf to rectify the problem, you have the right to complain to the District Court and seek a hearing. When a court date is confirmed, it is essential to inform the dog owner of that you have made a complaint by using the form prescribed for this particular purpose under Section 25 of the Control of Dogs Act 1986. These forms can be found from the local authorities and the District Courts.
A number of outcomes can result from the court hearing:
- The court can decide to limit the number of dogs that are allowed be kept on the premises,
- The court may require the occupier of the premises where the dog stays is kept vacant,
- They can instruct that the dog must be sent to the dog warden where the dog is marked as unwanted.
Tenants and Landlords Agreement
If living in a rented property whereby raising a dog in the home is a breach of contract, it should be brought up with your landlord immediately. The landlord has the responsibility to raise this issue with the Owners’ management company (OMC). It is probable that the issue of dogs causing a nuisance is detailed in the developments’ house rules. This is a document included in your lease agreement that is agreed with your landlord. The document should be displayed in the development lobbies. The OMC don’t hold a lot of meaningful power so in certain scenarios it may be worth filing a complaint under the Control of Dogs Act 1986.
If you or a family member experience disruptions due to dog barking you have the right to file a complaint. If no compromise is met between the parties legal proceedings for a hearing in the District Court can be filed.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
More information on the Dog Control Act can be found on www.citizensinformation.ie