Barking maddens neighbours

A woman has been ordered to pay nearly £900 after allowing her barking dogs to make neighbours’ lives a misery, following a prosecution by Doncaster Council.

42-year-old Tracey Smith of Woodfield Road, Balby appeared before Doncaster Magistrates last Wednesday charged with failing to comply with an abatement notice regarding the dogs. Smith was told to pay a £110 fine and £750 in costs.

After an environmental health practitioner witnessed several incidents of continued barking, Doncaster Council served an abatement notice on April 13 last year. This required Mrs Smith to exercise effective control over any dogs on her premises to prevent a statutory noise nuisance from dog barking. Breaches of this notice were witnessed three times and the matter was referred to the court.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones, said: “Noise nuisance can have a very negative impact on the lives of those affected. One of my top priorities is zero tolerance on anti-social behaviour and this case shows that we take strong action against offenders.”