Dogs barking could mean fines

YUMA, Ariz. – Imagine having to listen to dogs bark all day and night. San Luis city officials say you won’t have to now that a new ordinance if fining owners for having loud dogs. An existing city ordinance was amended last week by city council members to address the issue with barking dogs in South County.

“Dogs that bark a lot, well that’s kind of frustrating because they bark just for nothing sometimes, but still I think they do let us sleep.” says Adela Rodriguez who lives in an area with a lot of dogs and even has dogs herself.

The new ruling will mean dog owners who don’t keep their pets quiet will have to pay hefty fines. The fines will start at $50 but can go up to $750 depending on how many times police come out to your home. However, for dog owners like Maria Chavez, dogs barking are a good thing.

“Dogs let you know if there something wrong, it’s an alarm and you don’t have to pay for that alarm.” says Chavez.
The amended ordinance not only applies to four legged animals, but really any pets that make noise.

“Dogs at least let you know when there someone around the house or something.” says Chavez.

City officials say citations and fines will go into effect June 26th.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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