Under the Act local councils have the power to issue a Control (Barking Dog) Order [Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (SA) s 51(3)]. Where a council is satisfied that a dog is a nuisance and has created a noise by barking or otherwise in circumstances that constitute an offence under the Act an order can be made.
A Control (Barking Dog) Order requires that all reasonable steps be taken to prevent the dog repeating the behaviour that gave rise to the order in the first place. Contravening such an order carries a penalty of $250 [s 55(1)(a)].
For more information about the responsibilities of owners and councils in relation to barking dogs, see the Dog and Cat Board's site at http://www.dogandcatboard.com.au/barking-dogs .
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