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Andorran Laws on Dog Barking Nuisance Noise

I've written extensively about the most selfish woman in Andorra who lets her dogs out into her yard in the morning, then clears off for work, leaving the mutts bored out of their tiny minds to bark incessantly at cats, passers-by, birds or themselves all day until she returns from work.

I get to listen to them all day long as I try to write complex algorithms in code.

When I tell her about this, she just shrugs her shoulders and says "Dogs bark".

I've been doing some investigation into the law, and whilst there is no penalty for doing what she does during the daytime 0800-2200 weekdays (0900-2200 weekends), if they are left outside after outside these hours there is fine of 200 Euro.

Most often she leaves for work at around 0800 and comes back in the mid-afternoon - once she is in the house the mutts are quiet, but occasionally she does go out for the day, and maybe gets delayed somewhere, and they are left out after 10pm - yapping away.  It is these occasions I and my other neighbours (who are just as frustrated as me) can strike.

For quick reference here is a the application sections of Andorran Law:

CATALAN:
Capítol cinquè. Convivència ciutadana
Article 43. Tranquil·litat pública i dret al descans

1. Tots els ciutadans estan obligats a respectar la tranquil·litat pública i el dret al descans dels altres ciutadans, evitant de fer sorolls que alterin la convivència ciutadana.

2. S’entén que el període durant el qual regeix el dret al descans dels ciutadans és el que està comprès entre les 22:00 hores i les 8:00 hores els dies laborables, i entre les 22:00 hores i les 9:00 hores els caps de setmana i els dies festius.

3. Resta prohibit pertorbar la tranquil·litat pública i el descans dels veïns mitjançant l’ús inadequat o anormal d’aparells de televisió, ràdio o música, o de qualsevol altre aparell sonor, o mitjançant cants, crits, baralles o qualsevol altre acte molest, i, en general, mitjançant l’emissió de qualsevol soroll, àdhuc els sorolls que produeixin els animals domèstics.

4. Resta prohibit que els vehicles estacionats a la via pública o en aparcaments o altres espais públics o privats facin sorolls que pertorbin la tranquil·litat pública o el dret al descans dels ciutadans. En aquest cas, si els vehicles són a la via pública o en aparcaments o altres espais públics, el Cos de Policia, juntament amb els agents de circulació, els pot retirar.

5. La prohibició a què fa referència l’apartat 3 anterior es pot modular en virtut de l’atorgament de l’autorització administrativa corresponent, sempre que la normativa aplicable en matèria de contaminació acústica o en qualsevol altra matèria així ho estableixi.
Capítol tercer. Règim d’infraccions i sancions en relació amb el títol VII
Article 58. Infraccions

1. Són infraccions administratives:
t) Pertorbar la tranquil·litat pública o el descans dels veïns mitjançant l’ús inadequat o anormal d’aparells de televisió, ràdio o música, o de qualsevol altre aparell sonor, o mitjançant cants, crits, baralles o qualsevol altre acte molest, àdhuc els sorolls que produeixin els animals domèstics.
Article 59. Sancions
4. Les infraccions que estableixen les lletres h), t ) i u )donen lloc a la imposició d’una sanció d’un import de 200 euros quan la infracció es produeix entre les 22:00 hores i les 00:00 hores, o entre les 06:00 hores i les 08:00 hores els dies laborables i entre les 06:00 hores i les 09:00 hores els caps de setmana i els dies festius, i d’un import de 300 euros quan la infracció es produeix entre les 00:00 hores i les 06:00 hores.
ENGLISH:
Chapter Five. 
Citizen coexistence
Article 43. Public tranquility and the right to rest

1. All citizens are obliged to respect the public tranquility and the right to rest of the other citizens, avoiding to make noises that alter the citizen coexistence.

2. It is understood that the period during which the right to rest for citizens is governed is that which is between 10pm and 8am on weekdays, and between 10pm and 9am: 00 hours on weekends and holidays.

3. It is forbidden to disturb the public tranquility and rest of the neighbors by means of the improper or abnormal use of television, radio or music apparatus, or of any other sound device, or by means of songs, shouts, fights or any other act. annoying, and generally by making any noise, even the noises made by pets.

4. It is forbidden for vehicles parked on public roads or in car parks or other public or private spaces to make noise that disturb public tranquility or the right to rest for citizens. In this case, if the vehicles are on the public thoroughfare or in car parks or other public spaces, the Police Corps, together with the traffic police, may remove them.

5. The prohibition referred to in section 3 above may be modulated by the granting of the corresponding administrative authorization, provided that the applicable regulations in the field of noise pollution or in any other matter establish it.

Chapter three. Regime of offenses and penalties in relation to title VII
Article 58.  Offenses

1. Administrative offenses are:
t) Disturb the public tranquility or rest of the neighbors by means of the improper or abnormal use of television, radio or music equipment, or of any other sound device, or by means of songs, shouts, fights or any other annoying act, even the noises made by pets.
Article 59.  Sanctions


4. The offenses established in the letters h), t) and u)result in a penalty of $ 200 when the offense occurs between 10pm and 12pm, or between 6am and 8am on weekdays and between 06:00 and 09:00 on weekends and holidays, and an amount of 300 euros when the offense occurs between 00:00 and 06:00.




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