Bromsgrove woman to pay £2,350 after barking dogs' noise nuisance made neighbours' lives a misery - The Bromsgrove Standard

Bromsgrove woman to pay £2,350 after barking dogs' noise nuisance made neighbours' lives a misery

Bromsgrove Editorial 22nd Jan, 2024   0

A DOG owner in Catshill, Bromsgrove, who allowed her barking pets to cause a nuisance to neighbours has been fined £1,500.

Olivia Johnson, who lives in Beehive Close, appeared before Worcester Magistrates Court after a case was brought following complaints by neighbours.

Officers from Worcestershire Regulatory Services had served a noise nuisance abatement notice to Johnson.

Noise monitoring equipment had been installed in a neighbour’s property on two occasions and personal visits made by Environmental Health Officers to witness the noise.

During this time evidence was obtained of the notice being breached on three separate dates from May to June 2023.

‘1,500 barks in four hours’

On one occasion noise monitoring equipment picked up nearly 1,500 loud barks over a four-hour period, and on another over 2,000 in an eight-hour period.

Despite repeated warnings to control the noise, Johnson failed to keep her dogs quiet and formal action was taken.

She also failed to attend a formal interview with WRS following the witnessing of the breaches.

The 41-year-old was fined a total of £1,500 by magistrates and has been ordered to pay a combined victim surcharge of £600 and costs of £250.

Bromsgrove District Councillor Kit Taylor, whose Portfolio covers Worcestershire Regulatory Services, said: “Our residents have the right to live in peace in their own homes and we will take action against those who make life unbearable for others.”

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