A Milton Keynes couple who failed to control their noisy dog have been left thousands of pounds out of pocket.
David and Anne Evans appeared before city magistrates yesterday to contest eight breaches of a noise abatement order, issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The court heard that enforcement officers from Milton Keynes Council’s regulatory team issued a noise abatement notice on the pair in May last year, following complaints about their barking dog, Fluffy.
Officers heard recordings of the dog barking, and also witnessed the dog barking in person during their investigation.
The pair, of Bradwell Road, Bradville, had denied eight breaches of the abatement notice between June and August 2013, but a panel of magistrates found them guilty.
Mr Evans was fined a total of £2,400 (£300 on each breach) and Mrs Evans was fined £600 (£75 on each breach) and the pair were ordered to pay the prosecution costs of £2787.60.
A regulatory spokesperson said: “We all know that constant noise from uncontrolled barking dogs can make your life hell. On this occasion this couple were given the chance to control their dog, but they blatantly failed to do so.”
Mr and Mrs Evans have indicated they intend to appeal against the ruling.