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Nelson woman fined £190 for barking dog nuisance
BARKING dogs and crowing cockerels could end up landing their owners in court, animal owners have been warned.
One Nelson resident has already been left with a £190 legal bill after leaving her dog ‘home alone’, leading to its yapping annoying neighbours.
And environmental health officials have prev-iously served a noise abatement notice on a hous-eholder in the middle of Barnoldswick after concerns were raised about a cockerel waking residents up at dawn.
Coun John David, environmental health cabinet member, has now issued a warning to inconsiderate pet owners.
Coun David was speaking after Theresa Alderson, of Vaughan Street, Nelson, admitted three noise nuisance charges at Reedley Magistrates’ Court.
JPs fined her £100, with £90 costs, after they heard how she had kept a dog shut up indoors while she was at work.
John Heys, a domestic noise officer, recorded three episodes of continual barking at the house between February and April this year.
Coun David said: “This is an example of someone having little consideration for their neighbours and, indeed, their pet.
“Having to listen to a barking dog for long periods of time is not pleasant for anyone. And it’s a stark reminder that, with dog ownership, come responsibilities towards the anim- al, and those around you.”
Council bosses say they have received 132 complaints regarding noise nuisance this year alone regarding barking dogs.
Richard Walsh, the authority’s public health man-ager, said: “All dogs bark. It’s unreasonable to expect they won’t. But it’s quite a big issue in Pendle.
“And often, people don’t realise it’s a problem because they’re not at home to witness it.
“If you have a dog and you leave it unattended for long periods of times, it’s worth checking with your neighbours to make sure it’s not barking excessively.”