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.