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LA approves hefty bite for barking dogs

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barking dogs can lead to a hefty fine in Los Angeles.

The City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that fines owners of excessively barking dogs $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second and $1,000 for a third if a Department of Animal Services hearing officer decides the pooch is barking too much.

City prosecutor Dov Lesel tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/tLCNjO) that a dog's barking would be considered excessive if it continued for 10 minutes or more, or intermittently for a half-hour or more within a three-hour period.

The ordinance is expected to get Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's signature. It would go into effect before the end of the year.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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