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Council issues noise abatement notice to owner of barking dog

18 Dec 2023 2 minute read
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A local authority has warned dog owners who allow their pets to become a noise nuisance that they could face enforcement action.

Powys County Council’s Environmental Protection Team has issued the warning after it successfully prosecuted a north Powys resident for breaching a noise abatement notice relating to dog barking.

The resident was fined £500 for breaching the abatement notice, ordered to pay £450 costs and a £200 victim surcharge by Llandrindod Wells Magistrates Court earlier this month (December).


Complaints about this case first started in 2021 and following investigations by the council, an abatement notice was served on the resident.

Despite this, the resident continued to allow his dog to bark for prolonged periods causing disturbance to nearby neighbours.

Officers of the Environmental Protection Team recorded breaches of the notice on four separate occasions and, as the resident had failed to engage and resolve the matter, it was taken for prosecution in the Magistrates Court.

Cllr Richard Church, Cabinet Member for a Safer Powys said: “Residents should be able to live in their own homes without being severely impacted by ongoing unrelenting noise nuisance.

“Despite being made of the aware of this noise nuisance by the council on several occasions, the defendant continued to allow his dogs to bark and cause a nuisance to neighbours.

“This successful prosecution serves as a reminder of the need to show consideration to neighbours and that we will not hesitate to take action against those who negatively impact the lives of others.”

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Friar Bevan
Friar Bevan
7 months ago

If you want be with your dog dont have one, dont leave dogs alone – these people should be in jail

Richard 1
Richard 1
7 months ago

My experience is that it’s far too hard to get a council to act on dog barking. If you do make a complaint their first action is to notify the dog owner, making nonsense of the second action – to get the complainant to keep a log. A half-way sensible owner will get the situation under control and the complaint fails. Then later the controls come off and you’re back to square one

John Davies
John Davies
7 months ago

If a dog barks continuously it is unlikely to be happy. This comes down not to the dogs but to negligent owners. We once lived next door to a man who was the manager of the local rod and gun shop. He bought two black labradors to take shooting at the weekends. Very fine handsome dogs they were, too. But during the week they were locked up in a purpose-built concrete kennel block in his garden. Not surprisingly, they did not enjoy this and used to bark non-stop. A lab has a good loud deep-chested bark and can be heard… Read more »

7 months ago
Reply to  John Davies

I had a similar experience with a family that left their kids playing something that passed off as music all day long. Asked to either turn it down or take their brats with them. No joy.

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