Residents in a New Jersey town could face jail time for barking dogs
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A New Jersey town is seeking to impose harsh penalties on residents who leave their barking dog outside for too long.

The Saddle River council is changing an ordinance that is already in place to implement specific amounts of time a dog is allowed to be outside barking, according to NJ.com.

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The newly-adopted noise ordinance would impose a fine of up to $1,000 or jail time up to 90 days if a dog is barking, howling or yelping for more than 20 minutes between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. or more than 15 minutes between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Violators of the new law could also be sentenced to 90 days of community service.

Saddle River Borough Administrator Jerry Giaimis told the local news outlet that one incident spurred the council to update its current law, but wouldn’t give further details.

“It wasn’t enforceable,” Giaimis said of previous ordinances related to barking dogs.

He said a judge would decide the appropriate penalty for violators on a case-by-case basis.

“I can say with 100 percent certainty that no one is going to jail over a barking dog,” Giaimis said.