Flagstaff Lawyer Unleashes on Coconino County Dog Laws

Coconino County, AZ – Do you own a dog in Coconino County, outside the city limits of Flagstaff? Here’s a fun fact you may not know. Everyone who owns, or even keeps, a dog in Coconino County must purchase a dog license when the dog turns three months old, or within 30 days of becoming the owner or keeper, or within 30 days after moving into Coconino County.

And then there’s the new Coconino County barking ordinance. Passed in early 2011, this new law governs barking dogs and makes it a crime for the owner of dog to allow it to bark for more than 15 minutes, or 30 minutes if intermittent. They define a “barking dog” as a dog that barks, howls, or makes any other such noise in an excessive and unrestrained, continual and unprovoked manner which disturbs the peace and quiet of any person or persons. So what if you live in Doney Park and your dog barks for 15 minutes while you’re not home, and a construction worker is moderately annoyed by it?

You can be charged with a CRIME!

It’s a class 2 misdemeanor and you can face a fine, plus applicable cost and surcharge as follows:

  • for the first offense, a fine of not less than twenty five dollars( $25.00) and not more than seven hundred and fifty ($750.00);
  • for the second offense a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) and not more than seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750.00);
  • for the third offense a fine of not less than one hundred dollars($100.00) and not more than seven hundred and fifty dollars($750.00);
  • and for the fourth and subsequent offenses a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) and not more than seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750.00).

Coconino County Dog At Large Ordinance

The Coconino County dog at large ordinance is a lot like the Flagstaff City Code in regard to dogs at large, vicious dogs, and other dog laws. Outside of city limits, in Coconino County, the owner, or other person acting for the owner of a dog is required “at all times” to keep such dog from running at large upon the streets, sidewalks, alleys, or public property of unincorporated areas of the County, unless such dog is restrained by a leash, cord, rope or chain of not more than 6 feet in length and of sufficient strength to control the action of the dog.

This provision also includes land under the control of both State and Federal Government. Again, it’s a class 2 misdemeanor if you violate the dog-at-large ordinance. For “vicious dogs,” meaning in general dogs that bite a person, the law makes it so that no person owning or harboring or having the care or custody of a vicious dog shall suffer or permit such dog to go unconfined beyond the premises of such person unless such dog is securely leashed and muzzled or otherwise securely restrained.

Sometimes the best defense is contending whether the dog is indeed a “vicious dog.” If the judge believes your dog is a threat to humans, the Coconino County government can kill your dog without your consent!

Dog laws are not as simple as you may think. Before you suffer a criminal conviction for a dog violation, call your dog lawyer right now.

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