BARKING dogs are the focus of East Riding of Yorkshire Council during this week’s Noise Action Week.
The council has powers to serve abatement notices on the owners of dogs which bark for prolonged periods and the authority is using Noise Action Week to highlight the problem and urge owners to be more responsible.
Failure to comply with notices served under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 can result in a fine of up to £5,000 and Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for rural issues and cultural services, said: “Last year the council investigated more than 400 complaints of disturbance from barking dogs.
“We recognise that prolonged barking occurs when dogs are lonely, bored, stressed or need medical attention.
“The Dog Wardens are committed to providing advice on a range of dog welfare issues and the majority of these complaints can be successfully resolved without the need for formal action.”