Warning to owners over barking dogs

Fylde environmental protection officer Phil Dent.

Fylde environmental protection officer Phil Dent.

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Owners of noisy dogs could be fined up to £5,000 if their pet’s barking becomes a nuisance to neighbours.

Fylde Council’s environmental health officers say complaints about noisy dogs have increased by 30 per cent in the last year.

A total of 110 complaints were made to the town hall in the 12 months up to April this year, compared to 81 for the same period the previous year.

Offending owners face a Noise Abatement Order and could ultimately end up in court over persistent barking.

Fylde’s principle environmental protection officer, Phil Dent, said: “More than six in 10 noise complaints received at the council are actually about dogs barking.

“We don’t want to have to make it official by issuing Noise Abatement Orders, although we will if owners don’t take steps to stop it – neighbours shouldn’t have to put up with constant whining and yapping.

“When called out we will issue a Noise Abatement Order if we deem the noise to be loud enough. Only then, if the owner ignores the order, will we prosecute. It’s better not to get to that stage.”

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