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How barking dogs landed Weston-super-Mare woman with a hefty fine

Dogs which would not stop barking have landed their owner with a hefty fine.

Complaints had been made about Elaine Hart since August last year and she was told in October that she needed to keep the incessant barking under control.

But complaints kept flooding in to North Somerset Council throughout 2017 and on February 10 an environmental health officer from the authority visited the complainant’s Weston-super-Mare home and found the noise to be in breach of the noise abatement notice.

Another visit 10 days later found the barking could be heard in every room of the house. The officer could not count how often the dogs were barking because the noise was too constant, the council said.

Dogs are meant to bark, but not as a nuisance

Hart, of Bilbie Road, Weston-super-Mare, pleaded guilty to not complying with a noise abatement notice.

She was fined ÂŁ170 and ordered to pay ÂŁ85 costs and ÂŁ30 victim surcharge when the case was heard at North Somerset Magistrates Court on Friday, July 6.

After the hearing, councillor Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council executive member for environmental protection, said: “We take matters such as this very seriously and are always encouraging dog owners to act responsibly.

“Owners should always consider how their dogs are affecting others. Simple steps they can take include always taking action to prevent unnecessary barking, always picking up after their pets and making sure their dogs are under control at all times when in public.”

Source: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/local-news/how-barking-dogs-landed-weston-1789668

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