DeKalb County Ordinances

The entire DeKalb County animal ordinance can be read by looking at Chapter 5 - Animals on municode.com (scroll down on the left side menu until you see Chapter 5).

The ordinances covering barking dog complaints are as follows:

Sec. 16-303.  Sound between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am.
  (a)    Single-family detached dwellings.  It is unlawful for any person, between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am, to make, cause, or allow any sound from a source within his ownership or control that projects, emits or transmits into any single-family detached dwelling in a residential area owned or occupied by another, such that the sound is plainly audible anywhere within the interior of a sealed dwelling.
  (b)

Multi-family dwellings.  It is unlawful for any person, between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am, to make, cause, or allow any plainly audible sound from a source within his ownership or control that projects, emits or transmits within the common area of a multifamily dwelling in a residential area.

Sec. 16-304. Animal Vocalization, construction and landscaping activities, and the testing of burglar alarms.
  (b)   Animal Vocalizations.  Animal Vocalizations in a residential area during the hours from 7:01 am until 10:59 pm shall be regulated as follows. Pets and non-domesticated animals may not make any vocalizations for more than fifteen (15) minutes without interruption or more than thirty (30) minutes if intermittent. The limitations in section 16-303 (a) and (b) apply to animal vocalizations between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am. The limitations in this subsection and in section 16-3-3 do not apply if the vocalizations are given as a warning to the presence of an intruder.

 

Revised animal services ordinance becomes effective March 15, 2016.

Major changes include:
 
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Reduction of stray animal hold from five days to three days. The animal shelter is open seven days a week from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Monday – Friday and 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. If you have lost your pet, you should visit the shelter at a minimum of every other day.
 
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Trap, neuter and return community cat program – stray cats will be examined, vaccinated, sterilized, ear tipped and may be returned to the area where trapped.
 
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Health certificates required – the owner of any dog or cat that is sold or exchanged for valuable consideration is required to provide the new owner with a current, valid “Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection” (OCVI). The OCVI must be available for review by a potential new owner or animal control officer at the time the animal is listed for sale or exchange.

 

These ordinances remain in effect:

Dogs must be maintained on the property of the owner or on a leash controlled by a responsible and competent person.

Tethering of dogs is prohibited unless the owner or caretaker is physically within reach of the dog.  

Animals must be securely and humanely enclosed within a proper enclosure as a means of primary restraint. Such enclosure must be securely locked any time the animal is unattended.   

As a secondary means of restraint an animal may be attached to a trolley system less than twelve hours in a 24 hour period and not during the hours of 10:00 pm – 6:00 am.

The definition of “Dangerous Dogs” has been modified to be compliant with state statutes.