Dog owner fined for not keeping her pets quiet

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A 56-YEAR-OLD woman from Tiffield has been fined more than £1,000 after failing to comply with orders to keep her dogs quiet.

On Wednesday, May 9, Eva Newman of High Street North pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an abatement notice given to her by South Northants Council environmental health officers in October 2010 to prevent her dogs from causing a nuisance to her neighbours.

However up to nine dogs, excluding puppies bred at the premises, continued to cause distress to the neighbours by barking day and night.

Newman was then prosecuted for breaches of the notice between June 1 and August 22, 2011, fined £1,200 and ordered to pay SNC £300 costs.

The court noted that SNC had undertaken a thorough investigation and had tried unsuccessfully to engage with Mrs Newman on several occasions.

Dermot Bambridge, councillor for waste and environmental management, said: “The vast majority of dog owners look after their pets in a responsible way with consideration for their neighbours.

“If there are problems we will try and resolve them amicably. However, we have to act if anyone blatantly ignores the law as was the case in this instance.”