Office of the Fayette County Attorney

Loud Animal Complaints

Endless noise from animals can be distressing for residents. When thoughtful and respectful communication with your neighbor about the disturbance doesn’t work, filing a criminal charge can be an option for you. 

Before filing a complaint, We ENCOURAGE you to: 

The city ordinance addressing nuisances created by animals states:
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor within the urban county any animal, including, but not limited to, domestic pets, that repeatedly or frequently emits any sound, including but not limited to barking, yelping, howling, meowing, or squawking, or that otherwise creates a noise disturbance across a dwelling unit boundary, in such a manner so as to annoy or disturb a reasonable person of normal sensitivities.
Lexington-Fayette County, Code of Ordinances, Section 14-72 (10)

The offense is punishable by FINES ONLY beginning at $50 with a graduating scale up to $500.

We cannot seek remedies directly against the animal, such as:

  • Requiring a muzzle or other noise prevention devices to be worn;
  • Restricting the animal to indoors

Before filing a complaint, We REQUIRE you to: