Those of you live in other areas in NC and the US, check your county and city web sites for your local ordinances. You can also search for them at www.amlegal.com/library and municode.com
The City of Monroe & Union County, North Carolina
If you live in Monroe but outside of the city limits of Monroe you will be under the Union County Ordinances (below). If you live in another municipality in Union County you can fine more information and links to your ordinances on my other blog: Union County NC Ordinances & Codes/Municipalities
If you live in the City of Monroe or Union County and have had success or failure with getting animal & noise ordinances enforced please leave a comment below with a description of your experiences. Thanks!
Note: there might be violations other than those I've listed here that your neighbor is guilty of so be sure to read through the ordinances thoroughly.
City of Monroe Code of Ordinances
Title IX: General Regulations
Chapter 91: Animals
§ 91.20 DEFINITIONS.
For the purpose of this subchapter the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
AT LARGE. Off the premises of the owner, and not under the control of the owner or a member of his immediate family, or his properly designated agent, by leash, cord, chain or otherwise.
DOG. A domesticated member of the canine family and includes both male and female.
OWNER. Any person, firm, association or corporation owning, keeping or harboring a dog.
§ 91.21 RUNNING AT LARGE OR CAUSING NUISANCE. No owner or keeper of any dog shall permit such dog to run at large or cause a nuisance to any other person.
§ 91.22 FEMALE DOGS IN HEAT. Female dogs in heat shall be confined in such a manner as to prevent them from attracting other dogs.
§ 91.23 LOCATION OF PENS AND ENCLOSURES. It shall be unlawful for any person to locate, construct, reconstruct, alter, maintain or use on any lot or parcel of land within the corporate limits any pen or other enclosure for the purpose of keeping more than two dogs over four months of age, unless every part of each pen or enclosure is located at least 100 feet from the adjoining property owner's inhabited structure.
§ 91.24 NUMBER OF DOGS REGULATED. It shall be unlawful for any person to locate, keep or maintain on any lot or parcel of land within the corporate limits more than two dogs over four months of age, except as specified § 91.23.
§ 91.25 IMPOUNDMENT. It shall be the duty of the Animal Control Officer of the city to apprehend any dog found running at large contrary to the provisions of this subchapter and/ or state statutes to impound such dog in the Union County Animal Shelter. The owner shall be notified in accordance with county regulations, and disposition shall be in accordance with county regulations.
('84 Code, § 4-18) (Ord. passed 10-4-83; Am. Ord. O-1999-58, passed 9-21-99)
§ 91.26 DANGEROUS DOGS. Reference is made to N.C.G.S. (North Carolina General Statutes)Chapter 67 (Article 1A - Dangerous Dogs) §4.1 and §4.2 which are incorporated herein by reference. The Animal Control Officer of the City is designated as the person responsible for determining when a dog is a potentially dangerous dog as defined and provided in N.C.G.S. Chapter 67 §4.1 and the City of Monroe Board of Adjustment is hereby designated as the Board to hear any appeal.
ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT
§ 91.40 ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER TO ENFORCE PROVISIONS. There is hereby created the office of Animal Control Officer of the city. It shall be the duty of the Animal Control Officer to see that the provisions of this chapter and any state statute including, but not limited to N.C.G.S. Chapter 67 §4.1 and §4.2, are strictly enforced within the police jurisdiction of the city. The Animal Control officer shall be directly responsible to the Police Chief. It shall be the duty of the Animal Control Officer to cooperate with the county Animal Control Officer in any manner which will more efficiently and effectively carry out the terms of this chapter.
Title IX: General Regulations
Chapter 92: Noise Control (this is the barking ordinance)
§ 92.07 ANIMALS. It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep or have in his possession, or harbor, any dog, other animal or bird(s) which, by frequent or habitually howling, yelping, barking, or otherwise cause loud noises, and produce seriously annoying disturbance to any person or to the neighborhood.
§ 92.09 ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTIES. Where there is a violation of any provision of this Chapter, the city, at its discretion, may take one (1) or more of the following enforcement actions:
(A) A police officer, noise control officer, or animal control officer may issue a citation as provided in Chapter 10 of the City of Monroe Code of Ordinances subjecting the violator to a one hundred-dollar ($100) civil penalty, which penalty may provide for a fifteen-dollar delinquency charge upon non-payment, and which penalty and delinquency charge may be recovered by the city in a civil action.
(B) A misdemeanor warrant be issued either immediately or upon the issuance of a citation and the violator's failure to pay the same. Misdemeanors shall be punishable by a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) and/or imprisonment for up to thirty (30) days.
This noise ordinance is enforced in Monroe but you have to be diligent. Call the non-emergency 911 number (see the Local Contacts page) to report barking nuisances...especially at night...and ask that the responding officer contact you by phone after his/her visit and ask what steps will be taken to resolve the situation so that you can get proper sleep. If the problem isn't resolved after the first visit from the law, keep calling until the problem is resolved to your satisfaction. You can make an anonymous report, but if your barking dog neighbors receive a citation you will be requested to appear in court to make your statements against them and I strongly suggest you do so...for your health and well being.
You might also find your neighbor is in violation of the following (note that animal feces accumulationis a violation of this section):
Title IX: General Regulations
Chapter 93: Public Health Nuisances
§ 93.01 DEFINITIONS For the purposes of this chapter the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning. (I'm listing only those definitions that might pertain to dogs)
HAZARDOUS WASTE. Potentially dangerous by-products which cannot be handled, treated, or disposed of without special precautions. Hazardous waste includes ignitable, corrosive, reactive, and toxic wastes such as acetone, gasoline, industrial metal, alkaline cleaners, acids, cyanide, chlorine, arsenic, pesticide wastes, paint, caustics, infected materials, offal, fecal matter (animal and human), and explosives.
§ 93.03 DECLARATION OF A PUBLIC HEALTH NUISANCE The following conditions shall constitute a nuisance to public health or safety and shall be prohibited within the City's jurisdiction:
(A) Neglect of property. It shall be unlawful for any person to endanger the public health, safety, and welfare through the neglect of property by causing or allowing the accumulation of solid waste or unsightly litter, waste products causing the existence of foul odors, dead animals, unsecured appliances, building material, hazardous waste, or potentially dangerous devices to be discarded, abandoned, or remain on or emanate from any such property, or to cause or allow the accumulation of solid waste or unsightly litter, waste products causing the existence of foul odors, dead animals, unsecured appliances, building material, construction and demolition material, hazardous waste, or potentially dangerous devices to be discarded, abandoned, or remain on or emanate from public property or other private property, vacant lots, ponds, streams, or bodies of water or banks thereof.
(skipping down to enforcement...)
§ 93.04 ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT RESPONSIBILITY. The City's Code Enforcement Officer is hereby charged with the administration and enforcement of this Chapter of the City Code.
Union County Ordinances
You can view the entire ordinances on the Union County web site. Union County has failed to organize their ordinances in a logical manner, and there are a number of ordinances that have been repealed and so you have to search the ordinances for the most recent version, or you can call the county and hope whoever answers knows what they are talking about.
When you open a volume, a table of contents will open and after each ordinance is a link that will take you to that page. Note that you will find Animal Control Ordinances in both Volume 2 and Volume 3. The Animal Control Ordinances found in Volume 3 are the more recently amended ordinances.You will also find a Dog and Cat Nuisance Ordinance in Volume 2, and a Dog Nuisance Ordinance in Volume 1; both of these have been repealed.
Here are the animal control ordinances for Union County:
Animal Control Ordinances