Starke County Officials to Look into Barking Dog Ordinance

Starke County officials are looking into creating an ordinance to silence barking dogs in unincorporated areas of the county.

Commissioner Kathy Norem brought up the subject last week after receiving calls from a Toto resident asking for help in getting enforcement into dogs who incessantly bark.  She said she’s received phone calls from other residents in the past few months with similar complaints. 

Usually when a resident complains to the sheriff’s department about barking dogs, the issue is taken to the commissioners as there isn’t a county ordinance that addresses barking dogs or fines associated with repeat calls to the same residence. 

Sheriff Bill Dulin said that he would draft an ordinance for consideration at the commissioners’ next meeting on Monday, March 4.  Several other ordinances and ordinance amendments that Sheriff Dulin presented to the commissioners at an earlier meeting will be addressed in March.  One ordinance addressed an amendment to the golf cart ordinance that would require registration only during the open registration time.  A fee would be imposed if it occurs outside the registration time.  The other ordinances discuss animals running at large, an inmate booking fee, and home and business alarm calls.  County Attorney Marty Lucas is currently working to finalize those ordinances for approval.