Sunderland woman fined over barking dogs

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A SUNDERLAND woman has been fined after failing to stop her dogs from barking.

Lisa Barker, now of Gray Road, was served with an abatement notice by Sunderland City Council when she lived in the city’s Derby Street in 2013.

Officers monitored the situation between June and August that year and found that the dogs were still barking and causing a disturbance to neighbours.

The council took her to Sunderland Magistrates’ Court for breaching the notice and Barker was fined £200.

She was also ordered to pay an additional £200 in respect of prosecution costs, together with a £20 victim surcharge, making a total of £420.

Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “Nuisances including noise and disturbances from households or a commercial premises can affect and reduce the quality of life for residents and businesses.

“The council investigates these nuisance complaints, including noise complaints.

“If the complaint is a statutory nuisance we can serve an abatement notice on the person causing the nuisance, requesting that the nuisance is stopped.

“Failure to comply with the abatement notice may result in legal action being taken in the Magistrates’ Court as in this case.”

The council have released the information after revealing plans to impose new measures to control dogs in Sunderland.

The Echo reported yesterday that a public survey is now in place at the local authority’s website,, outlining the proposals.

In November last year the City Council’s Cabinet agreed to consider the implementation of Dog Control Orders, including powers to ban pets from certain areas, restrictions on where they may be allowed off leads, and restriction on the number per person in certain locations.

Speaking about the plans, leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson said: “Ward councillors have been working with local residents’ groups and partner agencies to consider where each Dog Control Order could be used effectively.

“Questions and issues about dogs continue to be one of the main reasons why people contact the council.

“It is important that there’s a balance between the interests of those in charge of dogs and the interests of those affected by dogs. This is an opportunity to let us know how you feel about proposals in your area.”

Maps of “Dog Prohibited” areas and “Dogs on Leads” locations have been produced and are available to view online or at the council’s Customer Service Centre in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.