Ruth Carmelitano O'Sullivan is the proud owner of two miniature dachshunds—Elizabeth and Emily—and with that, the most animal noise violations the city has issued to one household (at least in the past year). The Upper East Sider leaves her two pups at home when she goes to work, according to the Daily News, and her co-op neighbors are let with a yapping duo.
One resident at the East 76th Street building says residents "suffered through [the barking] for over a year," making many "miserable." O'Sullivan's tickets tallied up to $245, and were 2 of just 22 handed out over the past year. Her neighbors say she has paid the fine and taken measures to keep her pups quiet (debarking?).
O'Sullivan's ex-husband defended her, saying the dogs only got riled up when someone was at the door, and declared: "If a building permits animals, they have to understand that if it's a cat, it will meow, and if it's a dog, it will bark."
While only 22 violations were handed out over the past year, the city received nearly 6,000 animal noise complaints, and performed 1,281 inspections. The rules state that between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. animals aren't permitted to make "unreasonable noise" for more than 10 minutes, and for the remaining hours that number drops to 5 minutes.