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Toledo Dog Laws?

Can anybody out there direct me to a website that talks about the dog laws in Toledo? I have these neighbors with dogs, and the dogs just had puppies, and several of the dogs just want to bark and bark all day (and sometimes night, too).

I'm just curious what my options are. I've been putting up with this for weeks in the hopes that they'd put a stop to it, but it's really wearing on my nerves. Thanks in advance Toledo.

created by lah on Jul 31, 2008 at 08:14:05 am     Comments: 13

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Toledo Municipal Code

CHAPTER 505 - Animals and Fowl
507.06. Animals.
No owner, keeper or harborer of any animal shall permit or suffer such animal to continuously or frequently bark, howl or emit other audible sounds which create unreasonable, excessive or offensive noise to the annoyance or discomfort of any person of ordinary sensibilities in the vicinity of such animal.

Also found the following, remembering that sometime back, someone made a comment about Toledo doing nothing concerning cats:

505.09. Dogs or cats running at large; nuisances.
(a) No owner or keeper of any dog or cat shall permit such dog or cat to run at large, or allow any such dog or cat off the premises of the owner or keeper, unless such dog or cat is restrained by a substantial leash or harness or otherwise under the direct and constant supervision or control of the owner or handler...

505.16. Registration and identification required.
(a) No person, within the City shall own a cat over six months of age without procuring registration for such cat as provided in this chapter and keeping secured to such cat a cat tag bearing the registration number.

505.17. Prohibitions.
(a) Any cat not bearing a valid cat tag, or observed injuring or destroying the real or personal property of someone other than the owner or keeper of the cat, or known to create excessive noise or odor, or observed creating a danger to public health in the opinion of the Commissioner of the Division of Health, is declared to be a public nuisance and shall be impounded by the Animal Control Officer....

Hypothetical situation: Since it is legal in Ohio to kill 'feral' cats, if I find a cat without a 'cat tag' as described in TMC 505.16, can I now consider any cat having no visible 'cat tag' that comes into my yard a 'feral' cat?

posted by GraphicsGuy on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:02:39 am     #  

Good luck trying to get someone to enforce that law.
It seems like many other ordinances, and codes, they only are enforced at certain times to certain people when the time is available to enforce them.

posted by hockeyfan on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:38:49 am     #  

'Availability' is an acceptable excuse.

I'd suggest keeping the TPD non-emergency number on 'speed dial' and anytime the noise occurs, call. Sometimes the 'squeaky wheel' does get 'oiled'.

posted by GraphicsGuy on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:19:42 am     #  

Did you go ask the neighbor with the dogs if they can do something about it?

posted by transcom on Jul 31, 2008 at 01:22:03 pm     #  

Uh Uh to the killing of a tagless cat. Neither Toledo nor Lucas County provide cat tags or the means for a cat owner to obtain a tag or a license. Hence the tag law is unenforceable and you wont have a defense. Just an animal cruelty charge.

posted by holland on Jul 31, 2008 at 01:26:56 pm     #  

I should add that I understand that homeless or wandering cats can sometimes be a nuisance. The house next door has been vacant for over three years. Cats have set up house keeping and had several litters under the very large back deck. I'm unable to get any where near them. I never feed them. Just watch them starve, get sick, injured, reproduce, use my gardens for a toilet and see the males "spray" my shrubs or car tires to mark their territory. It's ugly. What I need to do is be part of the solution. Buy a live trap, bait and catch. Then vet check for diseases and euthanize the unhealthy. Spay and neuter the remainder and release them as they are feral. Expensive and time consuming. Easier said than done. What I have never had is the urge to kill one of them.

posted by holland on Jul 31, 2008 at 01:36:39 pm     #  

Thanks everyone for the responses so far, especially GraphicsGuy for the specific legal code (which is exactly what I was looking for).

I also found the website for the Lucas County Dog Warden, which contains some decent information.

But no, I haven't actually spoke with my neighbors about this issue. I've simply been waiting it out, hoping they'd correct the dogs behavior their own.

So I will do the neighborly thing, and try to work it out with them first. I just wanted to get a firm grip on what my legal recourse was, should they decide to be uncooperative.

posted by lah on Jul 31, 2008 at 04:18:35 pm     #  

Knowing Toledo, speaking with your neighbors about their barking dogs might best be done with your pistol in your belt and an ally standing by with a shotgun.

posted by madjack on Jul 31, 2008 at 08:44:09 pm     #  

Happy to help, lah.

By the way, the TMC can be found here and from the Toledo City Council web page and the Ohio Revised Code here

posted by GraphicsGuy on Aug 01, 2008 at 04:29:23 am     #  

In response to holland, the organization Planned Pethood does have a TNR program (Trap, Neuter and Release). You might try contacting them for help regarding the property next to you. You can find them online at Good luck to you.

posted by TamiN on Aug 02, 2008 at 10:25:34 am     #  

"YEA,YEA,YEA,,JUST like the codes on any other kind of "NOISE" you'll play hell trying to get it enforced, Someone even said a couple of weeks back "I'll even set it up"!!In regards to protesting in front of city hall,which I WAS ALL FOR but when it came down to "put up or shut up" "They were just blowing smoke up everyones but's"! calling the no-emergency hot line is like sticking your head out over the edge of the high level bridge and yelling down at the fish,"ALL THEY'LL DO IS TAKE A CRAP"!

posted by blacjac687 on Aug 02, 2008 at 08:35:47 pm     #  

Since it's not an emergency, the 'non-emergency' number is 'bout all the choices.

As I said "The squeaky wheel...."

posted by GraphicsGuy on Aug 02, 2008 at 09:18:54 pm     #  

Start bugging the Toledo City Councelman of your choice.

posted by Linecrosser on Aug 04, 2008 at 06:40:24 pm     #