Barking diary could be key to keep you from going barking mad.
Barking diary could be key to keep you from going barking mad. Damedeeso

CHRC reveal how to put the bite on barking dogs

BARKING dogs got you howling mad?

Block out the din and keep a diary.

Judging by the resurgence in the number of letters to the editor and texts, there is more than a whimper of discontent among Emerald residents.

The Central Highlands council isn't deaf to the issue.

Communications co-ordinator Andrea Ferris said 29 barking dog complaints were lodged in the three months to July 1.

"For 50% of these, we didn't receive a barking diary, so we closed the jobs as had insufficient evidence to continue," Ms Ferris said.

"Complainants have to keep a barking diary and submit it in order for council to have evidence to prosecute if it comes to that.

"Some were re-categorised as a wandering issue.

"The rest resolved themselves either by us mediating, or the offending animals and their owners left the location."

"We also conduct a rego check on all complaints.

"This also has the effect of resolving some of the issues as some animals were surrendered to us."

There is a barking dogs fact sheet on the council website.


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