Animals & Barking Dogs

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Barking Dogs

The city of Goodyear's codes are designed to protect the public's health and safety while ensuring every citizen the right to a clean, enjoyable neighborhood.  Persistent dog barking that is disturbing to neighbors is considered a violation  regardless of the time of day; to report a barking dog, please contact Goodyear's Code Compliance Division at 623-882-7815 or use the Report A Problem link.  All corrective options, including mediation, will be attempted prior to taking legal action.   

Barking Dogs Process:

1. When a complaint is received, a letter or door hanger advisory is sent to the property owner advising of the complaint and the city's nuisance code.

 2. The property owner with the barking dog will be allowed two weeks to correct the issue.

3. If after a two week period the violation is still occurring, the complainant may request that mediation be set up between the complainant, the barking dog violator, and the Goodyear Police Department.

4. If mediation is unsuccessful or if the barking dog owner refuses mediation a citation can be issued to the barking dog owner.

5. If the problem continues, the complainant may request a Barking Dog Complaint packet.  This packet along with supplemental materials (audio/video recording of barking incidents or a log documenting when incidents occur) may be helpful in the event the violation is referred to the Courts. To request a Barking Dog Complaint packet, please contact Code Compliance at 623-882-7815. 

Note: If the barking occurs at night, early mornings or weekends, citizens may contact the Police Department on their non-emergency number: 623-932-1220.  An officer will be sent to check the disturbance. 

Stray Animals and Animal Welfare Issues

To report a stray animal contact Maricopa County Animal Care and Control  at 602-506-7387.  If you witness an animal being abused or living in an unsafe condition contact the Arizona Humane Society at 602-997-7585 ext. 2073

Animals within the City

It is important that we be considerate by maintaining our pets as required by City Code.  Allowable pets kept within city limits are permitted as long as they do not cause, create, contribute to or become a nuisance due to:


  • The presence of flies, insects, vermin, odors, dust or other obnoxious material.  The City Code requires that manure or droppings be removed from the property at least twice weekly.
  • Dogs are not permitted to be off-lease when they are off of your property.  The City Code requires that dogs be restrained by a leash, not more than six feet in length, and of sufficient strength to control the action of the dog on public streets, public parks or public property.
  • No more than four household pets are allowed per property.  The city of Goodyear restricts residents from keeping, harboring or maintaining more than four pets per household. Often times, too many pets lead to unsanitary conditions.
  • Contact a veterinarian or pet store for options on how to control animal health and safety issues.