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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Word of the Week

Barking Dog

"Barking Dog" is defined as a dog that barks, bays, cries, howls or makes any other noise continuously and incessantly for a period of 10 minutes to the disturbance of any other person.
(Source: San Francisco Municipal Code, Art. 1, Section 41.)

Turns out, if a dog barks in the forest, and nobody hears him, then he's not a barking dog.


mila said...

As opposed to a "biting dog," that (which?) is defined as “[a]ny dog that bites any person or other animal in the City and County of San Francisco, provided, however, that the person or animal bitten was not at the time either provoking or teasing the dog without cause." Id. at Sec. 41.5.1.

Adam Freedman said...

Wow - it just keeps getting better. But look at that last bit - teasing the dog "without cause." I wonder what - under California law - constitutes teasing a dog "with cause"?

mila said...

I have no idea. Can you tell me why Michael Vick's co-defendant "pleaded" guilty, rather than "plead" guilty?

mila said...

or should it be "pled."

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