The town of Saddle River, New Jersey, is considering a new ordinance that would impose fines and possible jail time for owners of barking dogs.
The Saddle River council is amending its one-sentence law against dog barking, saying dogs can’t bark, howl or yelp for more than 20 minutes between 7am-10pm or for more than 15 minutes between 10pm-7am every night. The ordinance calls for fines up to $1,000, jail for up to 90 days or up to 90 days of community service, to any owner whose dog has the audacity to violate this law.
A judge would be called on to ultimately decide the penalty decision. The new measure is set for a vote on March 18th after debate in a public hearing.
Saddle River Borough Administrator Jerry Giaimis says there was one incident in particular that prompted the change. He says he couldn’t elaborate on what the incident was.