Animal Noise Complaints


Animals that cause “frequent or long-continued noise” disturbing to “the comfort and repose of any person of ordinary sensibilities in the immediate vicinity” may earn their owners a fine of up to $500.

Animal Care & Control cannot impound properly confined animals, but there is a process for dealing with noise complaints.


The keeping of any animal which causes a sound or noise in violation of Sec. 23-8 of this code is declared a nuisance in violation of this section. Whatever the Director determines to be dangerous to human life or health, or that is offensive to the senses, or that is or threatens to become detrimental to the public health, is hereby declared to be a nuisance and shall be unlawful, and the specific acts, conditions and things set forth in this chapter are, among others, declared to be nuisances and prohibited and made unlawful.

How to file a complaint:

  • Call 817-392-1234 and provide the following information:
  • Address and description of animal.
  • Time of incident.
  • Other pertinent details.
  • You will be advised to maintain a complaint log for seven to 10 days beginning with the date that the complaint is filed. The information in the log must contain the date, times and duration of the noise nuisance.
  • Once you file a complaint, Animal Care & Control will send a notice to animal owner (generally within 24 hours), or arrangements are made for an officer to stop by if there are other complaints. Owners are given 10 days from the date of the complaint to correct the problem/comply with the ordinance.