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Fairfax County noise ordinance a topic of Tuesday board meeting

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FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) - Fairfax County's unenforced rules on noise will be the subject of a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, officials say.

Jackpot the canine makes his presence known, but dog owners across Fairfax may be on the lookout for muzzles soon.

"I don't know how I'm going to stop him from barking," says Bob Cooke, Jackpot's owner.

For years, there have been complaints in the area about noisy dogs. But back in 2009, the State Supreme Court ruled that laws like the county’s are too vague.

Now, the Board of Supervisors is expected to get tougher – and Bob Cooke worries about Jackpot’s future.

“It's kind of stupid actually -- I mean, it's like putting a leash on a cat," he says.

The Board is considering altering the noise ordinance slightly. The new rule would deem sounds from vehicles or parties which can be heard through a closed door or window as "too loud."

Some people in the county turned out to praise the efforts, and say they have had to put up with noise for far too long.

According to the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, proposed changes to the county's noise ordinance include making violations a Class 3 misdemeanor. It would include the prohibition of loudspeakers, loud televisions or radios between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

It would also make working on cars, unloading trucks and using lawn equipment after 9 p.m. illegal.

On Tuesday evening, the Board passed the noise ordinance.

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