What do I do if there is a serious barking problem in my neighborhood?
1. Talk to your neighbor.
If possible, approach your neighbor and tactfully discuss the problem with them. Many people do not realize that their dog barks when they are not home or that it disturbs their neighbors. Many dog owners react well to such friendly approaches and are able to find a solution.
2. Contact the Police Department at 920.478.2343.
If no results are achieved by your friendly visit or you choose not to make contact with the dog owner, call the Police Department. Be prepared to leave a message with your name, address and phone number as well as the address of the barking dog, its recent barking history, description of the dog and name of the owners if known.
Many barking complaints are resolved after an Officer's initial visit.
Contact City hall for licensing requirements for animals within city limits.
Dogs: The owners of dogs five months of age or older are required to obtain a license prior to April 1 of each year or within 30 days of acquiring ownership of the dog.
License fees: Unaltered male/female - $15 per year
Spayed female/neutered male - $11 per year
Additional fee (if licensed after April)- $10
Cats: Cats do not have to be licensed.
If you have captured or enclosed a homeless animal such as a dog or cat, you can contact the Watertown Humane Society, at 920.261.1270.
Or contact the Police Department at 920.478.2343, especially if the animal is loose.
The mission of the Watertown Humane Society is to provide for the lost, homeless, neglected and abused animals of the City of Waterloo and to educate and enlighten the public regarding animal welfare.