When there is a problem with barking dogs, it is helpful to talk to or leave a note for the animal owner. Although this may be difficult to do at first, communicating with the animal owner is usually the most effective way to resolve the problem.

To talk to your neighbor:

  • Try to talk to your neighbor when you are not frustrated about the barking.
  • When you approach your neighbor, be calm and plan to discuss the barking in a friendly manner.
  • Inform them of the time of day or night that the dog is barking.
  • Ask the neighbor whether you can contact them, day or night, when the barking is a problem.

If leaving a note for your neighbor:

  • Explain what the dog does when the family is away from the residence.
  • Choose words that are not offensive or intimidating to the dog owner.
  • If you feel safe doing so; leave them your name, telephone number, or address so they can respond to your letter.

Additional resource information:

Arizona Humane Society

(602) 997-7585

Calls on mistreated, abused, and neglected animals

City of Phoenix Public Works Solid Waste

(602) 262-7251

Calls on accumulated feces and odors

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control

(602) 506-7387

Picks up dogs at large and dogs that bite

City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services

(602) 262-7844

Calls on crowing roosters

If you live outside of Phoenix, contact the Police Department in your area for information.



Sec. 8-2 Barking or Howling Dogs

  1. No person shall keep a dog within the city limits which is in the habit of barking or howling or disturbing the peace and quiet of any person within the City.
  2. A person who violates this section is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor; however, the city prosecutor may authorize the filing of certain cases or classes of cases as civil violations unless the person has previously been found responsible or guilty of violating this section.
  3. A person found responsible for a civil violation of this section is subject to a sanction of not less than one hundred fifty dollars nor more than two thousand five hundred dollars.
  4. In addition to any other penalty authorized by law, a person found guilty of a criminal violation of this section shall pay a fine of not less than one hundred fifty dollars.

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This is a reminder to pet owners who walk their pets in the common areas of our community; please pick up

after your pet.

                      Keep them on a leash so you can maintain control of your pet while using the common areas.

                      Carry plastic bags or use waste stations that are placed throughout the community and clean up your pet’s waste.

                      Don’t allow pets to run loose in the community.

We enjoy many amenities in our community, nice walkways, sidewalks and green areas. It becomes very

difficult to truly enjoy these if they are littered with pet waste and unpleasant odors.

Please do your part and pick up after your pet. Help keep Desert Ridge a great place to live.