Pet owner wins battle with Gateshead advice on ‘dog volume’


A woman in the NORTH EAST has won a battle against an ordinance put in place by Gateshead Council which sought to control the volume at which her dog could bark.

In March last year, Georgina Newman, 56, of South Sherburn, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, received a Community Protection Notice on the grounds that her dog’s barking was what is usually expected of dogs and are neither more frequent nor stronger. than ordinary bark.

After pursuing that order, the defendant appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday April 6 to appeal against the decision.

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In court, Ms Newman argued that the barking cannot be considered ‘unreasonable’ and does not constitute conduct which can ‘reasonably be expected to be controlled’ as the barking is neither excessive nor different from what one would normally expect of a dog.

Although Gateshead Council maintained its position through Section 46 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, the court overruled the community’s opinion.

The court heard undisputed evidence from Ms Newman, as stated in her notice of appeal to the court, that her dog’s barking was no superior to that of any other dog, that the allegations were malicious due to the tensions in the neighborhood and that it was not reasonable for her. control his dog’s barking to a greater degree than he already does.

The magistrates concluded that, based on this evidence, the conduct specified in the community protection notice did not adversely affect the quality of life of people in the locality, is not unreasonable and constitutes conduct that the person cannot reasonably be expected to control or affect.

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