Dog owner fined

A man who allowed his two dogs to bark repeatedly leading to neighbours being kept awake has been prosecuted.

Peter Early, of Bull Lane, Orrell Park, admitted causing a statutory nuisance when he appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court. He was fined £350, ordered to pay £500 costs and a £35 victim’s surcharge.

The court heard that complaints about barking dogs at his address had been reported to the city council since July 2012. Most of the complaints were about the dogs barking at the weekend, late at night or early in the morning.

Several warning letters were sent to his address advising him to be a responsible neighbour.

Council officers heard the barking dogs in August 2012 in the early hours of the morning and a notice under the Environmental Protection Act ordering him to stop the nuisance.

There were four breaches of the notice witnessed by officers between February, and November 2013 resulting in the prosecution.

Councillor Ann O’Byrne, cabinet member for housing, said: “We encourage responsible dog ownership and that includes stopping your pets being a nuisance to neighbours by allowing them to bark at all hours.

“There were many complaints about the noise caused by these dogs. People living nearby have a right to some peace and quiet and we will have no hesitation in taking action against owners who do not control their dogs.”