Man fuming at anonymous your dog is a nuisance letter posted through door

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A dog owner has said he is "fuming" after someone posted an anonymous letter through his letter box, complaining that his pet is "a nuisance".

The "friendly advice" was stuffed through the letter box of a man named Gary Smith, who took to Facebook to air his frustration.

He posted an image of the typed and printed note into a 'working cocker spaniels' group on the social media site, suggesting his dog is a working one.

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"Just had this through the door, I'm fuming. Does anyone know how I stand with this?" he wrote in the private group, alongside a photograph of the letter.

It read: "In law, a barking dog can be a 'statutory noise nuisance.' Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 you (as the owner) could be taken to court if you do nothing to stop the nuisance.

"This could lead to a fine of up to £5,000.

"Currently your dog is a noise nuisance. Please take this as friendly advise (sic)."

According to the Environmental Protection Act 1990, if people complain about noise in the area local authorities have a duty to investigate and take formal action if needed.

In January 2020 Stratford-on-Avon District Council prosecuted a dog owner from Southam for a breach of a Community Protection Notice.

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Samuel Hawkins, 40, Manager of Five, a public house in Southam kept up to six Rottweiler type dogs on the premises, who "as a result of the persistent and excessive barking at all hours of the day and night over a prolonged period of time affected the wellbeing and work" of neighbours.

Mr Hawkins was found guilty of four offences under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The District Council's full costs of £3,134.14 were awarded and a fine of £1,500 for each offence was imposed making a total of £6,000.

A victim's surcharge of £170 was also added to this figure, making a total figure of £9,304 with payment due within 14 days.

Experts say that cocker spaniels are "high strung, vocal dogs" that are "particularly prone to develop a habit of barking".


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