Dog owners get $7,500 fine because their pet barked 43 times in a minuteBy Mason White 4:13 PM September 6, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
The owners of a dog were charged with contravening a noise abatement notice after their dog barked for hours at a time, which disturbed the neighbors, police in the United Kingdom said.
Now, Brenda and Brian Golding, both 52, of York, received a fine of 5,000 pounds ($7,500) after being convicted of violating a noise abatement order.
According to the police investigation, neighbors of the couple first complained to the York Council about the dog’s barking last year.
Police officers who responded to the scene, left recording equipment in a neighboring house for a week, and realized that when left alone, the couple’s dog barked up to 43 times per minute.
Neighbors said that the dog’s barking sometimes continued for up to four hours at a time. The couple was ordered to stop the noise, but they ignored the requests.
The council gave the couple a noise abatement notice, but the dog continued to bark.
The two were then ordered to appear before the York Magistrate’s Court, but they did not attend or respond to the summon.
They were sentenced in absentia to four counts each of contravening a noise reduction warning.