SADDLE RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey town wants to get tough on excessive dog barking and a new proposal could even land a noisy pup’s owner in jail.
The proposed ordinance in Saddle River would prohibit loud, continuous barking for over 20 minutes during the day, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.READ MORE: NYC Teachers Union Concerned About Potential Staffing Issues As Vaccine Deadline Approaches
It law would get even stricter at night, with penalties kicking in for barking lasting more than 15 minutes from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Saddle River officials say the nonstop barking cuts into the “comfort or repose of anyone in the vicinity.”READ MORE: Tony Awards Take On New Meaning As Broadway Stages Big Comeback
Dog owners who break the new rules could face fines ranging between $100 and $1,000, but owners could also receive a sentence of community service or even prison time.
The judge in each case would reportedly make the ultimate decision on the penalty.MORE NEWS: Police: Group Sought After Citi Bike Thrown Onto Subway Tracks
A public hearing and vote are scheduled in Saddle River on March 18.