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Public hearing set on proposed animal noise law

Monday, June 23, 2014

A public hearing regarding a proposed animal noise ordinance will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Henry County Administration Building.

The hearing, which will take place during the Henry County Board of Supervisors’ 6 p.m. regularly monthly meeting, regards an ordinance proposed by Iriswood District Supervisor Milton Kendall at the supervisors’ May meeting.

Kendall has said that a resident of his district had contacted him regarding a neighbor with five pit bulls that bark excessively. The resident told Kendall that the dogs’ constant barking day and night was affecting his sleep and ability to enjoy his home, Kendall said.

The board voted at that meeting to hold Tuesday’s public hearing regarding the ordinance.

The proposed ordinance, drafted by Henry County Attorney George Lyle, reads: “It shall be a Class 4 misdemeanor for any animal owner to permit or allow any dog or cat to bark, meow, screech, scream, wail, caterwaul or create noise in any residential district in the county continuously for more than 15 consecutive minutes between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and at such a volume said noise can be heard upon property other than the animal’s owner.”

A class 4 misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $250, according to board documents.

Also at the 6 p.m. meeting, the supervisors will:

• Hear an update on general highway matters from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Resident Engineer Lisa Hughes.

• Hear matters presented by the public.

According to board documents, no one had requested time to speak last week.


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