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: New Video Shows Suspected Gunman, Car Used To Flee Scene Of Deadly Bronx Double Shooting
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: Gov. Hochul: No Known Cases Of New COVID Variant 'Omicron' In New York
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: New York Weather: CBS2's 11/27 Saturday Morning Update
A public hearing and vote are scheduled in Saddle River on March 18.