As of 2015, state law in Oregon specifies that dogs are public nuisances if they bother anyone in the area with frequent and prolonged noises, including barking, according to Nolo. In Massachusetts, a town's city council holds a meeting to discuss any formal complaints of excessive barking.
At a city council meeting in Massachusetts in response to an excessive barking complaint, the board members decide what to do to address the nuisance, notes Nolo. Depending on the circumstances, they may decide that the owner must get rid of the dog. In places where there are no specific barking nuisance laws, there may still be general noise ordinances that classify excessive barking as a public nuisance.