Failure to control unreasonable noise from barking dogs resulted in a hefty financial penalty for a Waltham Abbey man.
Magistrates impose fines
Mustafa Soydag of Orchard Gardens, Waltham Abbey received fines and costs of £1347 at Chelmsford Magistrates Court this month after pleading guilty to breaching the requirements of a Noise Abatement Notice and a Community Protection Notice requiring him reduce the level of noise caused by his dogs.
Complaints from neighbours led to several visits by the Environmental Enforcement Officers who witnessed barking by dogs kept in the garden of Mr Soydag’s home. This occurred particularly late at night and in the early hours of the morning, with no obvious control by the owner.
Magistrates imposed fines of £150 for failing to comply with the requirements of the Community Protection Notice and £200 for breaching the Noise Abatement Notice. He was also ordered to pay a contribution towards the Council’s prosecution costs of £997.
Improving the quality of life for residents
Cllr Holly Whitbread, Portfolio holder for Housing & Community Services said: “Environmental Enforcement Officers, as part of the Council’s Community Resilience Team, are committed to improving the quality of life of our residents.
“This case demonstrates that the Council will not tolerate irresponsible pet owners who allow their dogs to bark for prolonged periods of time, with no control exercised over them, particularly when they are keeping neighbours awake late at night.
“Mr Soydag could have prevented court action if he had engaged with the Council’s officers and paid the fixed penalty when issued, rather than the matter progressing to court.”
For further information on the Council’s noise service see our website
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