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Canines may need to keep it down, in Tenn. town

Hunting dogs eagerly await their outing on October 31, 2007, Knutsford, Cheshire in the U.K. None of these dogs shot their owner. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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Cute, sure. But if this dog and others like it don't cut back on the barking, pet owners in Blountville, Tenn. could soon be paying the price.
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(CBS/AP) BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. - Hush, puppy. Sullivan County commissioners are talking about fining owners of noisy dogs.

A proposal discussed, but not acted upon Tuesday by a committee of commission members, would allow fines each day that a dog is allowed to "bark, howl, or whine in an excessive, continuous, or untimely fashion which disturbs the repose of any citizen, or disturbs the peace and quiet of a neighborhood."

If only dogs could read.

Two commission members sponsored the proposal, which would let the county fine dog owners $25 to $50 each day their pets are unduly vocal, according to the Kingsport Times-News.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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