Owner gets three years probation for barking dogs

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PHOENIX -- A Valley dog owner was sentenced to three years probation after neighbors complained about her barking canines.

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Dog owner gets probation for barking dogs - A Valley dog owner was sentenced to three years probation after neighbors complained about her barking canines.

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On Monday, Renee Maurer was found guilty of disturbing the peace because of her dogs' barking.

Over the past year, neighbors complained that repeated attempts to get Maurer to quiet her dogs went unanswered.

Seven neighbors filed a complaint that her Pomeranian and miniature poodle barked excessively and that Maurer failed to remedy the problem.

Maurer said she took her dogs to get training, tried crating them during the day and doesn't let them out at night, but some neighbors said the dogs were still disturbing the peace, which is against the city ordinance.

Maurer said the neighbors never approached her with the problem.

"Prior to February when I was contacted by a police officer, I had no idea who was bothered," Maurer said.

Maurer said the neighbors had refused to mediate.

In addition to probation, the judge sentenced Maurer to pay a $940 fine, but if she successfully completes her probation period, it can be reduced to less than $300.

The judge also told Maurer that the dogs have to be in the house, but if they are outside for more than 15 minutes they must wear a bark collar.

Maurer had been facing up to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine.