Owner fined for barking dog

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A noisy dog has cost its owner more than £1,600 in court fees after it caused a neighbourhood nuisance by barking continually.

Bolsover District Council had received complaints about dogs continuously barking at the property of Marsha Wheatley, on Hickinwood Crescent, Clowne.

A council official witnessed the dog barking for long periods of time as part of an investigation, and an abatement notice was served in April.

But court action was taken after complaints continued to be received.

Wheatley was fined £1,200, plus £375 in costs and a £40 victim surcharge, by magistrates at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates’ Court.

Coun Dennis Kelly, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “The defendant had ample opportunity to sort out the problem but chose to ignore our advice and warnings.

“Continuous noise such as a barking dog can be very stressful and affect your neighbours’ quality of life and we aim to stamp it out within our neighbourhoods.”