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  • Animal Noise Complaints

    Animals make noise for a variety of reasons, including protection of their owner’s property, response to new or unusual stimulus or from being left alone. However, animals that make noise routinely, over periods of time, or at disruptive times can create hard feelings between neighbors and cause them undue stress and irritability.  Please be a good neighbor and train your pet to not make excessive noise.

    The following is the current animal noise complaint enforcement process and meets the administrative hearing requirements of proof that the noise disturbs “the public peace, quiet or comfort of the neighboring inhabitants.”

    Complaints Process

    Register an animal noise complaint by phone with Pima Animal Care in Tucson or Ajo. 
    • Letters are sent by Pima Animal Care Center to complainant and the animal owner notifying parties of a possible problem and requests resolution within 7-10 days. For anonymous complaints, a letter will be sent to the animal owner only. If the problem is resolved, process is completed.
    • If not resolved, complainant is instructed to contact a Noise Complaint Specialist at 724-5910, to request further investigation. Mediation between owner and complainant will be offered to complainant, but is not required. If mediation is accepted and successful, process is completed.
    • When mediation is unsuccessful or declined, the complainant can request a noise log be mailed to them to make a written record of animal noise incidents.
    • An owner will be cited to appear before a Judge or Hearing Officer within the appropriate jurisdictional court for a violation of the animal noise law if:
    • A valid animal noise log is returned by the complainant who then must appear at any hearing held as a result of a citation.

    Fines range from $50 to $500 per offense depending on the jurisdiction.

    Complaint cases will close after six months.

    Complainants may also pursue civil action of their own. 

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    Animal Care Center

    4000 N. Silverbell Rd.
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    (520) 724-5900

    HOURS:
    Weekdays: Noon until 7 p.m.
    Weekends: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
    Closed the last Sunday of 
    every month

    Ajo Substation:
    1259 Well Road
    Ajo, AZ 85321

    (520) 387-7502

    Ajo Substation Hours:
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. MWF
    4:30-6:30 p.m. W


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