Residents can report excessive dog barking by calling Animal Control at (816) 228-0149. To report an after-hours event, please call the non-emergency police number (228-0152) and request a Patrol Officer contact the owner of the barking dog(s) to ask them to quite the dog(s). Animal Control Officers cannot issue a ticket for barking dogs. In order for corrective action to be taken, you would need to sign a formal complaint, then an Animal Control Officer may issue a ticket on your behalf.
Your first step is to obtain the address for the barking dog(s). A formal letter is sent to the animal owner about an anonymous complaint. A 30-day grace period is granted to the animal owner to allow time for corrective steps to be taken.
If no changes have occurred after the grace period, another complaint can be filed and an Animal Control Officer is sent to the owner’s address and they talk to the owner or leave a door hanger regarding the barking dog complaint. Another 30-day grace period is granted to the animal owner to allow time for corrective steps to be taken.
If no changes have occurred after the second 30-day grace period, we encourage you to file a formal complaint against the owner. If you decline to file a formal complain, you cannot file another complaint on the address for 90 days.
When calling with a barking dog concern, you will be given the option to follow the 3-step program, go directly to step 2 or step 3.
Additional information to obtain would be the number of animals, color and/or breed. Is there is a pattern to when they bark? If you have questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to call Animal Control at (816) 228-0149.