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Animal Control

Reporting Animal Noise

The Henderson Municipal Code pertaining to animal noise (HMC 7.08.030) reads:

It is unlawful for any person to own, keep, harbor or possess any animal which, by unreasonably loud, unnecessary, or frequent barking, yelping, howling or other noise, causes unreasonable annoyance or disturbance to the neighborhood or to any person of ordinary sensitivity in the vicinity. In determining whether an animal's noise violates this section, factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, the time of day the sounds occur, the intensity and duration of the noise, whether the sound is recurrent, intermittent or constant, the circumstances which might cause the animal to make noise, and the proximity of the noise to others.

Is there anything I can do about my neighbor, who allows his/her dog to bark all the time?
We have a four step process to handle animal noise complaints.

  • File a complaint with animal control Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p. m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am to 6:00pm, by phoning (702)267-4970 option 4 or coming to the facility at 300 E. Galleria, Henderson 89011-1903. You must be able to provide the address and description of the animal.  A letter will be sent to the address to inform the resident and/or owner of the complaint. 
  • On a second complaint, an Animal Control Officer again will be dispatched to the address to talk to the owner. If the owner is not available, a courtesy notice will be left at the residence stating there continues to be a problem and further complaints will result in mediation or criminal charges.
  • On a third complaint, both parties will be referred to the Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center. This is where the two parties meet with an independent mediator and try to come to some type of agreement on how to resolve the issue.
  • After the parties have been to mediation and the situation continues the person or persons bothered by the noise may file a criminal complaint and take the dog owner to court.

Is there anything I can do if my dog seems to bark all the time?
Dogs will bark on occasion. Constant barking is a sign that there is a problem that you need to remedy. Among the many reasons that dogs bark are social isolation, territorial behavior, protective behavior, and separation anxiety. Until you can figure out what is the cause of your dog's constant barking, the proper use of bark collars works well to help alleviate your and your neighbor's frustration by minimizing or interrupting the barking. There are basically three types of bark collars; Citronella, High-frequency (aversive sound), and electric shock collars. Many stores that sell pet products will have one, two, or all three types. You possibly could consider hiring a professional dog trainer to help you with the problem. If you have exhausted all avenues to prevent or minimize the barking, you might want to consult with your veterinarian about a debarking surgery. This might be an extreme solution, but preferred over getting rid of your dog.