TEMECULA AT LARGE

AND BARKING DOGS "LAWS"

We do not practice dog barking claims. The information is provided here to be helpful. We get calls from Temecula residents all the time about  barking dogs.

Animal Friends of the Valleys provides animal control services for Temecula  https://animalfriendsofthevalleys.com/animal-control/ 

The City of Temecula Municipal Code regarding Stray or Barking Dogs:

 

6.02.090 Dogs running at large.

 

        In the interest of public safety, it shall be lawful for any person to take up, in a humane manner, any dog running at large in violation of this chapter and promptly to deliver such dog to the chief animal control officer. (Ord. 95-06 § 2)

 

“At large” means any dog which is off the premises of its owner, custodian or caretaker and which is not under physical restraint by a leash of a size and material appropriate to the size and temperament of the dog and which is held by a person capable of restraining such dog, or is not otherwise physically restrained by some other device or instrumentality, except that such device or instrumentality shall not include voice control, eye control or signal control of the dog by any person, device or instrumentality.

 

6.02.120 Vicious dogs and cats—Stray and barking dogs.

 

        A.    It is unlawful for the owner or person in charge of any vicious dog or vicious cat to fail, neglect or refuse to keep posted in a conspicuous place at or near the entrance to the premises on or within which such dog or cat is kept, a sign having letters at least two inches in width and two inches in height and reading “Beware of Vicious Dog” or “Beware of Vicious Cat,” as may be appropriate. No vicious dog or vicious cat shall be permitted to leave the premises of the owner or person in charge thereof unless such dog or cat is under the immediate control and physical restraint of such owner or person and in the case of a vicious dog, such dog shall be muzzled.

 

        B.     If it shall be determined by the chief animal control officer that a dog or cat is a vicious dog or cat but is not afflicted with rabies, the chief animal control officer shall thereupon order the person who owns or has custody of such dog or cat that until further order of the chief animal control officer, the owner or custodian of such dog or cat shall keep the dog or cat securely fastened by chain, or securely confined within private property, or shall keep the dog or cat in such manner as the chief animal control officer shall direct to prevent such dog or cat from biting or having the opportunity to bite any person. Failure to comply with any order of the chief animal control officer made pursuant to this subsection, on the part of the owner or person having custody of the dog or cat which is the subject of such order, shall constitute a violation of this chapter.

 

        C.     It is unlawful for the owner or person in charge of any dog, whether licensed or unlicensed, to permit such dog to run at large.

 

        D.    It is unlawful for any person to keep or allow to be kept, or suffer or permit any dog to remain upon the premises under the control of such person, when such dog habitually barks, whines or makes loud or unusual noises in such a manner as to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighbors surrounding or in the vicinity of such premises, or whose barking or howling or other sound or cry interferes with any person of ordinary sensitivity in the reasonable comfortable enjoyment of life and property.

 

        E.     It is unlawful for any person to set or maintain an operating trap for a cat unless a sign is posted on the property stating that such trap is in use on the property. The sign shall be clearly visible from the road serving the property on which the trap is set or maintained and shall remain posted and visible at all times while the trap is in use. Trapping shall not continue for more than ten days in a thirty-day period. This section shall not apply when the trap is being used for rabies control as determined in writing by the chief animal control officer. (Ord. 95-06 § 2)