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Noisy Devon man fined £1000 for 14-dog din

A man with 14 noisy dogs has been fined in Devon
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A dog-owner who repeatedly allowed his 14 dogs to create unwarranted levels of noise has been fined £1000 and ordered to pay almost £1000 more in costs.

By G. John Cole Published on 2 Jun 2019

Andrew Watts of Milton Damerel, near Holsworthy in Devon, pleaded guilty to contravening a noise abatement notice served to him in November of last year.

Choir of spaniels

An informal choir of 14 Spaniels and Hungarian Vizslas was kept in kennels at his property and the noise that they made prompted regular complaints to the Council’s Environmental Health team and warnings to Mr Watts.

The Council continued to monitor Mr Watts' home after the abatement notice was served and judged that the dogs were still too barky. Four neighbours added witness statements to the case, and Mr Watts was finally ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £836 in costs in addition to his fine. He indicated that the dogs are no longer on his premises.

Councillor James

“We’re pleased that the Courts have supported this action, which along with other recent prosecutions, sends a clear message to those generating unacceptable levels of noise,” said Councillor Ken James, Torridge District Council's lead member for the environment, as reported in DevonLive. “The Council will take firm and swift action where this occurs and particularly where warnings and advice go unheeded.

“Nobody should suffer from the thoughtless actions of their neighbours and hopefully these cases will act as a warning to others.”

When a dog barks excessively, it is rarely the noble creature herself who is to blame. Dogs that bark without obvious good reason may be expressing dog stress, dog boredom, or simply that they’ve been poorly trained.

Shouting at a barking dog only adds to the commotion as the dog will think you’re barking along with him and continue to enjoy the fun.