Dog Barking Prosecution Success

Published March 2, 2017 at 17:04

Rossendale Council Officer’s work on night time noise nuisance sees positive results for a neighbour troubled by dog barking at night in Earby.

Environmental Health Officer at Rossendale Council work on out of hours noise nuisance calls through the night alongside fellow colleagues across Lancashire. Recently one such case resulted in a prosecution based on the work of our Officer.

A dog barking case for School Lane, Earby had a first hearing on 17th February 2017 where Ms Marie Ashworth, the owner of the dogs, pleaded guilty. She was given an 18 month conditional discharge and must pay costs of £998 and £20 victim surcharge. She apologised to her neighbours and said 2 elderly dogs had been rehomed and one dog is now living inside the house.

Cllr Barbara Ashworth, Portfolio Holder for Health welcomed the work saying;

“Cases like this one really do highlight the importance of the night time call out service. Our Officer was able to provide evidence to the Court which resulted in a positive solution for the troubled neighbour.”

David Pierce, Environmental Health Officer at Rossendale Council often works on the night time call out and said;

“It’s a great demonstration of partnership working across authorities and seeing it bring successful outcomes like this one is really pleasing to all Officers who work on the service.”

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