A noisy neighbour whose dog barked for up to ’12 hours a day’ has been found guilty of breaching a noise abatement notice.
Omar Yousufazi, formerly of Roseleigh Avenue, Mapperley was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £1,038.50 for failing to stop his dog from barking between March and June 2016 after the council had served a notice.
Despite warnings from Gedling Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens and several complaints from neighbours, Yousufazi continued to leave his dog outside stating to the council that ‘he’s a dog and he’s meant to bark’.
In June 2016, Nottingham Magistrates’ Court granted the council permission to seize the dog due to the persistent nature of the barking. At court witness statements were provided by two neighbours. One said; ‘From the end of Summer last year we haven’t managed to have a single night of unbroken sleep. Going to bed early is pointless as all we can hear is the dog barking itself in to a frenzy.’
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The court heard that the persistent barking, sometimes for 12 hours a day, had a severe effect on the neighbour’s quality of life.
Another nearby resident said; ‘The sound of a dog barking has lived in our heads on a continuous loop, day and night, for over 6 months. Our lives in our own home became miserable through the sound of incessant barking.’
Councillor David Ellis, responsible for Public Protection, said: “This is an appalling case of an owner not taking responsibility for their pet. The neighbours of Mr Yousufazi have had to deal with a relentless noise which has clearly had a negative effect on them and their families. We welcome the court’s decision and hope it reminds people to take responsibility for their pets or they could too face the courts.”