Fence installed at noise row Sheffield dog sanctuary

Mill House Animal Sanctuary owner Pat Hartley with the new fence.
Mill House Animal Sanctuary owner Pat Hartley with the new fence.
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AN ACOUSTIC fence has been installed at a Sheffield animal sanctuary caught up in a noise row – thanks to generous readers who donated more than £4,000.

But council officials say they still need to ‘monitor the effectiveness’ of the fence at Mill House Animal Sanctuary to ensure it complies with a noise abatement order.

The Fulwood sanctuary received national support after its owners said they could be forced to put dogs down or close after a complaint from a neighbour led to the order.

Sisters Pat Hartley and Jane Wright said they could not afford to comply with the suggestion of a soundproof fence.

But after their plight featured in The Star scores of animal lovers came to the rescue and donated cash to buy the fence, which was installed this week.

Pat, aged 70, thanked donors and said: “We had just over £4,000 donated and a lot of calls.”

“The fence is up, it is an absolute abomination and looks awful but it works and stops any noise, so be it.

“We’re hoping this will be the end of the matter.”

The sisters were inundated with support, with calls flooding in from people across the country, after their situation was highlighted.

Hundreds signed an online petition and even lawyers came forward to offer help in fighting the order.

The council ruled the noise of dogs’ barking was ‘excessive’, and imposed the order, after placing noise measuring equipment in the home of nearby resident Bryan Longstone-Hull, 73.

He claimed his family had suffered nights of sleeplessness from howling dogs.

A council spokesman said: “We understand the sanctuary has taken advice from a private company and an acoustic fence has been installed.

“However, the council was not involved in this decision and we will need to monitor the effectiveness of this fence.”