Posted: Thu 16th Jun 2016

Barking Dogs Lead To Noise Prosecution

This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016

A dog owner has been fined £400 after pleading guilty to breaching a noise abatement notice served by the Isle of Anglesey County Council. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Adam Scott, of Aber Eilian Bach, Llaneilian, near Amlwch, appeared before Holyhead Magistrates’ Court on June 8th 2016. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A successful prosecution was brought by the Council’s Public Protection team after Mr Scott breached a Section 80 Abatement Notice (Environmental Protection Act 1990). It had been served on him due to persistent noise made by multiple dogs barking from his premises, which had caused a Statutory Nuisance within the neighbourhood. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Public Protection officers instigated a formal noise complaint in June 2015 after several residents got in touch. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Noise monitoring equipment was installed to record dates and times the barking occurred and, more importantly, to obtain audio recordings of the dogs barking. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Principal Public Protection Officer, David Riley, explained, “Numerous dogs housed in kennels on the property have been allowed to bark day and night for a considerable period of time. Despite serving the noise abatement notice in December 2015, complaints were still received about the noise levels. Further noise monitoring recorded more persistent dog barking and it was evident that the noise abatement noise was being breached regularly.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This noise has undoubtedly had a detrimental effect on those residents living nearby, and it was right and proper for our officers to bring this prosecution. Excessive noise, such as barking dogs, can affect people’s quality of life, cause sleepless nights and stress.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Adam Scott pleaded guilty to four offences of breaching the abatement notice, which occurred on February 9th, 12th, 13th and 17th 2016. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He was fined £100.00 for each of the four offences; ordered to pay a contribution towards legal costs of £500.00 and a victim surcharge of £20.00. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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