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Milton Damerel Resident fined for failing to control noisy dogs

Barnstaple Magistrates Court

Andrew Watts from Milton Damerel appeared before Magistrates last week charged with failing to comply with a noise abatement notice in respect of a statutory nuisance. The charges related to howling and barking from 14 dogs kept in kennels at the defendant's property, which were the subject of a number of complaints to the Council's Environmental Health team. The investigation revealed that the kennels were used to house spaniels and Hungarian vizslas and despite several warnings and a noise abatement notice served in November 2018, complaints continued to be received.

Further monitoring in January showed that the noise from barking dogs was still at unacceptable levels and duration. The case was supported by witness statements from four neighbours giving details of the noise and the impact it was having on them.

Mr Watts pleaded guilty to the contravention of the abatement notice. He was fined £1,000 with a £100 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £836 in costs, making a total of £1,936. The defendant indicated that the dogs had since been removed from the premises.

Councillor Ken James - Lead Member for the Environment said:   

"We're pleased that the Courts have supported this action, which along with other recent prosecutions, sends a clear message to those generating unacceptable levels of noise. The Council will take firm and swift action where this occurs and particularly where warnings and advice go unheeded. Nobody should suffer from the thoughtless actions of their neighbours and hopefully these cases will act as a warning to others."

30 May 2019