CRAZY: New Jersey Town Considers Ordinance that Would Jail Owners For Barking Dogs

Saddle River lawmakers proposed an ordinance against continuous barking. If your dog barks for 20 minutes straight, you could be fined $1,000 or jailed up to 90 days.


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.


  1. Is that ordinance for dogs indoors or only outdoors? I suppose a dog doesn’t bark continuously for no reason so this is a crazy law.


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