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12 FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 (2ape Gazette Barking dogs Continued from page 1 from noisy animals, including barking dogs. Under the Dela- ware Noise Control Act, law enforcement officers - includ- ing Delaware State Police - can issue citations to owners with dogs that bark constantly for 10 minutes or intermittently for a half hour. Animal noise is only one section of the law that cov- ers how much noise can emanate from radios and TV sets, load- ing and construction, power tools, vehicles and motorcycles. DNREC is charged with admin- istration of the law. Vincent said state law was stricter than the proposed county ordinance, The county ordinance would have included $35,000 to pay First State Animal Center and Kent County SPCA staff to enforce its ordinance.'SPCA animal-control officers are not considered law enforcement officers, accord- ing to county attorney J. Everett Moore. The Kent SPCA provides animal-control services in the county. Councilwoman Joan Deaver, D-Rehoboth Beach, and Coun- cilman George Cole, R-Ocean View, pushed council for a vote on the proposed ordinance. Cole and Deaver said people call to complain about barking dogs, but little or no action is taken. Deaver said without the county ordinance she didn't understand how residents could get any relief. Deaver asked council to support a county ordinance for a one-year trial period. She and Cole voted for the ordinance but were outvoted by Vincent and councilmen Vance Phillips, R-Laurel, and Sam Wilson, R- Georgetown. "Police took care of this 40 and 50 years ago and are still taking care of it," Wilson said. Phillips said the expense was unnecessary. "This is already state agencies' responsibility. I respectfully ask Delaware State Police and DNREC to step up enforcement," he said. "If it's shown people are get- ting no satisfaction, we'll have another discussion," Vincent said. The county will provide in- formation on what agencies to contact with barking dog com- plaints. In addition, county constables will have the infor- mation available to pass on to residents. "We need to let the public know the law is out there and who enforces it," Vincent said. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO REGULATIONS TO DEAL with barking dogs are included in the Delaware Noise Control Act. POLAR BEAR PLUNGE SET FEB. 2 PHOTO COURTESY OF JOE GAWlNSKI THE 2014 LEWES POLAR BEAR PLUNGE to benefit Special Olympics Delaware will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2. Preregistration ends Sun- day, Jan. 26. Go to www.plungeDE.org to register or to get more informa- tion on other Polar Plunge Weekend Festival.events. The plunge is spon- sored by Wawa. ]Delwmm  State Nemm midl eT "'--wC 0 AL-I I I 0 H l'h a;e CJpdtl Itily Dda00va00 Canc0000 &a00n SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014 ,:00 to 10:00 P.M. AT DOVER DOWNS focktails & Dinner e Fashion Show Live & Silent Auctions  Live Enterlainment provided by the Tom Pi Trio lhnd & SezeUe Oorsey as S_ the st a Tribute to Tina Turner Sponsorships available Please call: (302) 672-6135 or visit Rros starl ol $150 www.debreasteancer.org/SLOL