Laws and Policies: Laws & Ordinances, Animal Noise Complaints
ANIMAL NOISE COMPLAINTS
Our agency, the Los Angeles
County Department of Animal Care and Control, will accept and process animal
noise complaints-including barking dog abatement complaints-ONLY
from residents of our service area.
We serve all the unincorporated (non-city) areas of Los Angeles County, plus
50 incorporated cities in the County.
To find out if we serve your city or community, please check the Pet Licensing
menu on our homepage. Click on Licensing Fees and review the Licensing Fee Lookup
If you do not see your city on that list, you should contact the city clerk
of the city where you live to find out what animal control agency serves your
If our agency does not serve your city, we cannot accept your complaint
request. Our agency does not have the legal authority to conduct animal
noise abatement proceedings outside our service area.
Animal noise complaints must be submitted, either by writing a letter to the
County animal shelter that serves the area where you live or by filling in the
on-line form in this menu. Please note that we will not accept or process
anonymous or false name complaints.
INSTRUCTIONS: We know
that untimely animal noises such as dogs barking late at night or roosters crowing
at or after dawn can be annoying and disrupt the peace and tranquillity of residential
neighborhoods. We need your help to solve those problems.
Please complete all the requested information below. Incomplete or inaccurate
forms will be returned to you, delaying the resolution of the problem.
Filing this complaint begins a formal proceeding against the owner(s) of the
animal(s). If necessary, an unresolved complaint will be turned over to the
city attorney of the city where the problem exists or the District Attorney
for possible prosecution.
You and anyone else affected by the animal noise problem, may be called to testify
in any subsequent city attorney or District Attorney hearing on this matter.
ANIMAL NOISE COMPLAINT FORM
Please re-read your complaint to verify the accuracy and completeness of the
information in it.
After your complaint has been sent to our agency, it will be assigned to the
shelter that serves the city or community where you live. The owner(s) and the
animal(s) causing the noise problem will be mailed a Noise Abatement Complaint
Notification letter. That letter, which does not identify you as the complaining
party, informs the owner(s) an animal noise complaint has been filed about their
animal(s) and gives them seven days in which to solve the problem.
The letter also contains helpful information on how to solve animal noise problems
such as barking dogs. You, as the complaining party, will be sent a confirmation
letter. That letter will include instructions about the next steps that need
to be taken if the Noise Abatement Complaint Notification letter does not resolve
Please click on the SUBMIT icon above the “ANIMAL NOISE COMPLAINT FORM”
to send in your animal noise complaint.