Barking Blackburn watchdogs cost car dealers thousands
The LATE night barking of guard dogs at his sales pitch cost a car dealership £8,500.
Shakil Ali Asghar, owner of Agate Autos on Whalley New Road in Blackburn, had to pay the fine after being found guilty of breaching a noise reduction notice.
He was warned by Blackburn with the Darwen Council public protection service that guard dogs at his car sales pitch were barking late at night and causing a nuisance to neighbours.
Although they had every chance to stop the nuisance, the barking continued to disturb neighbors’ sleep and Borough officers served notice of reduction in October 2021.
But the barking didn’t stop, so the board decided to pursue once violations of the advisory were found.
Mr Asghar was found guilty of breaching the reduction notice in his absence at Burnley Magistrates Court on September 1.
He was fined £5,000, ordered to pay costs of £3,000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £500, making a total fine of £8,500.
Application for criminal behavior order to prevent dogs being kept at car sales premises to be heard on October 4
Cllr Shaukat Hussain, Blackburn with the Darwen Council’s deputy executive member for environment and operations, said: “The council is doing all it can to resolve noise complaints without resorting to legal action, but if offenders don’t listen not the reason, they will suffer the consequences.
“Complaints about dog barking are on the rise, so I would advise owners of dogs who may be causing similar issues to take note of this lawsuit and ensure they don’t end up in the same situation.”