Woman brought to heel over dog noise complaint

A dog owner from Thurnscoe has been fined £1088 following a hearing at Barnsley Magistrates Court on Thursday 28 March 2019. The prosecution was served under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Lauren Jinks, 26, of Hanover Street, Thurnscoe, has been prosecuted after she repeatedly failed to stop her pet from barking and disturbing her neighbours.

Noise enforcement officers from Barnsley Council witnessed prolonged periods of excessive and unreasonable barking at Ms Jinks’ address. The dog barked continuously for hours when it was left alone, which was audible in the neighbouring properties.

The council issued a noise abatement notice served under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on 25 October 2018 after measuring the barking and being satisfied it amounted to a statutory nuisance.

Following breaches of this notice, the defendant was invited in for a formal interview in December 2018. Ms Jinks said she would buy calming medication for her dog, use calming sprays and investigate the use of anti-barking collars to control the problem. Jinks also assured Barnsley Council that if nothing else worked, she would not leave the dog alone in the property. However, council officers witnessed further periods of excessive barking, which resulted in a prosecution being raised against the defendant.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined £200 for the offence, £858 costs and a £30 victim surcharge, totalling £1088.

Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health at Barnsley Council, said: “Dog owners need to be respectful of their neighbours and surroundings. Dogs that are barking excessively and causing a nuisance to neighbours need to be trained, and steps need to be put in place to improve the situation.

“This prosecution should highlight the responsibility that dog owners have and that we won’t hesitate to take legal action when it’s needed.”

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