Attention to all dog owners in Riverside: you may be pressured to keep your dog indoors or even give it up altogether. A new city ordinance enables residents of Riverside who are annoyed by a neighbor’s dog’s barking to file a complaint anonymously.
Similarly, if you’re a Riverside resident, who is annoyed by a neighbor’s dog’s excessive barking, you will be able to call Animal Control Services (ACS) and file a complaint anonymously starting November 16.
In theory, this could help address incessant dog barking in Riverside, and encourage more Riverside residents to file complaints about barking without having to jump through dozens of bureaucratic hoops.
On the other hand, the new ordinance may actually hurt the city’s residents in the long run, as more ACS workers would be responding to excessive barking complaints (in many instances filed by easily irritable neighbors who didn’t even bother to express their concerns to the dog owner first), and less ACS workforce in Riverside would be available to respond to dog bite complaints.
This could have dangerous and even deadly consequences for the victims of dog bites who were severely bit by an aggressive dog that is still out there, potentially looking for new victims.
Unless the ACS increases its workforce to respond to both barking and dog bite complaints adequately and in a timely manner, even more people would get bit by aggressive dogs on the streets of Riverside.
Fact: an estimated 4.5 million Americans get bit by dogs every year.
New reality: more aggressive stray dogs on the streets of Riverside
But the inadequate response to dog complaints in Riverside is only half of the problem, as the new dog noise regulations would put even more stray dogs on the streets of Riverside.
The anonymity behind of filing a dog noise complaint in Riverside would pressure many dog owners to either give up their dogs or keep them indoors, warn Riverside dog bite attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg.
There could be an increased number of abandoned and stray dogs on the streets of Riverside simply because dogs were cited by the city and their owners chose to give up the dog just to avoid paying the citation or dealing with the dog barking issue.
In fact, dealing with dog barking can put a major strain on the budget of dog owners, as under the new dog noise regulations that come into effect on November 16, training becomes a necessity when dealing with dog barking.
Many dog owners cannot train their dogs properly to stop incessant barking, which is why they would be required to pay for professional training. And dog obedience training is not cheap in Riverside, as it may cost over $100 per hour with multiple dog training sessions needed to make the dog obedient.
This would give dog owners even more reasons to give up the dog and put it on the streets of Riverside. And the increased number of aggressive stray dogs would mean more people getting bit by dogs.
The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg has handled hundreds of dog bite cases in Riverside and all across California. Our experienced dog bite attorneys have helped dog bite victims file complaints in a way to maximize compensation for their injuries, pain and damages.
Call our offices at 310-997-0904 or fill out this contact form to start investigating your particular dog bite case and find sufficient evidence for maximum compensation.