What our law says:
Certain Noise Control Regulations under the Environment Conservation Act No. 73 of 1989 provide that no person shall allow an animal owned and/or controlled by him or her to cause a noise nuisance.
A noise nuisance is a noise that disturbs or impairs the convenience or peace of a person.
Your legal course of action when confronting the animal’s stubborn owner who refuses to take care of the issue:
- Reporting the noise nuisance to the Local Authority for the Noise Control Unit to investigate;
- Penalties are applicable for owners who violate noise by-laws as set out in section 9 of the Noise Control Regulations;
- If the barking was declared to be a nuisance, continued failure by the owner to control the barking may result in a fine of up to R20 000.00; or
- Apply for an interdict against the owner to prevent the dog from being a further nuisance.
You do not have to sacrifice your emotional well-being and peace because of a neglectful dog owner, we can help you restore the peace.
*Please note that the above is a brief summary, contact us for more information so that we may advise you in accordance with your situation.