AVALON — In rural Santa Catalina Island, buffalo, wild boars and goats roam freely. In the sky above, bald eagles soar majestically.
But in the island's quaint city of Avalon, if your dog barks too loudly--or your parrot squawks too much--you could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.
The city's ban on noisy animals and fowl was extended on Tuesday to creatures riding in vehicles.
The amendment to the Avalon Municipal Code was made because of an increasing problem of pet owners carrying their dogs in the bed of pickup trucks and the dog's growls frightening island visitors, according to Gregor Milne, 65, a board member of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, who asked for the amendment.
"They are beautiful dogs but they love to bark," said Milne, a 17-year resident of Avalon who owns the Seacrest Inn. "My concern is for the enjoyment of our guests. The dogs have a tendency often to frighten our visitors. They bark almost into the ears of the pedestrians on the sidewalks."