Sec. 22-363: Nuisance. No person shall own or harbor a dog or dogs which is or are a nuisance by reason of vicious disposition or excessive barking or other disturbance, or, by such barking or other disturbance, is or are a source of annoyance to any sick person residing in the immediate vicinity. Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction for the first offense and such person shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both for each subsequent offense and the court or judge may make such order concerning the restraint or disposal of such dog or dogs as may be deemed necessary.
Should you decide to pursue this course of action, a prosecution in Superior Court requires that you be very specific in the gathering of information about all details of your complaint.
To ensure a successful prosecution, the following points must be made: All incidents of nuisance barking by offending dog must be documented. Include dates, times it started and ended, and a brief description of the type of disturbance. The documentation completed by yourself must be from personal observation of the offending dog Documentation should be a continuous period of at least (14) days. If we prosecute the owner of the offending dog on your behalf and a plea of “Not Guilty” is entered, it will be necessary for you and other witnesses to testify “under oath”.
You must be able to state that you personally observed the dog barking and be prepared to describe the dog and a brief description of what took place. IT IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR A WITNESS TO SAY THEY ONLY HEARD A DOG BARK. This form must be completed and returned to Naugatuck Animal Control within 30 days of date received. Should you require further explanation regarding this correspondence or your complaint, please contact our office.