Man fined after dogs continuously bark

A MAN from Langley Mill has been prosecuted for allowing his dogs to continuously bark for nine months.

Derbyshire Magistrates Court heard how neighbours could not sleep, had to have their televisions turned up high and kept all their windows and doors closed.

Colin Jackson kept his dogs outside with neighbours claiming they could not use their gardens because of the smell of faeces, the court heard.

Mr Jackson, of Cromford Road, ignored a noise abatement notice issued to him by Amber Valley Borough Council between October 2010 and June 2011.

But at court he admitted to an offence under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined £600 and given a conditional discharge.

Council environment manager, Ian Shaw said: “The noise from barking dogs, and odour from dogs kept in poor conditions can cause misery for the people affected and we take complaints seriously.”