Stowmarket dog owner fined after pets breach noise abatement notice

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A woman who left her two dogs to bark so excessively that neighbours felt like moving out of their home has been fined £1,500.

Melinda Griggs, 50, of Poplar Hill, Stowmarket, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday April 23 having pleaded guilty to three offences of breaching a noise abatement notice.

Magistrates heard Griggs had left her German Shepherd and Labrador to bark in her rear garden for hours at a time.

Following complaints by neighbours, an investigation by Mid Suffolk District Council’s Environmental Protection team led to her being served with a noise abatement notice in November 2012 requiring her to take steps to stop the dogs’ barking. She was found to have breached the notice three times in September 2014.

James Buckingham, Babergh and MSDC’s Corporate Manager - Environmental Protection, said: “We always try to work hard with dog owners to resolve problems, as we did in this case, but when a nuisance continues we have no alternative but to prosecute.

“We carried out noise monitoring and witnessed breaches of the abatement notice several times.

“Our officers described the barking as non-stop and manic and of such intensity inside the complainants’ property that it would interfere with having an ordinary conversation. On just one occasion the dogs barked around 625 times in 7 minutes.”

Griggs said she was sorry and that she will take steps to control her dogs.

She was fined £1,500, ordered to pay costs of £770 and a Victim Surcharge of £50