AKRON, Ohio (WKRC) – Akron City Council wants to strengthen the punishment for owners of dogs that will not stop barking, including jail time.
According to WJW, there is a proposed rule change that would treat excessive barking , which is several offenses, as a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge that carries up to 60 days in jail and a maximum fine of $250.
There is a current law which is a misdemeanor that carries a fine of $100 to pet owners.
“What we want to see is a stiffer penalty so that repeat offenders of the ordinance will think twice before allowing the dog to continue to disturb the neighborhood,” said Councilman Russ Neal.
Safety committee chairman Donnie Kammer is hoping for a tougher law like that in Cincinnati which can get to $1,000 for multiple offenses.