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Tenant whose dogs hounded neighbours hit with injunction

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Environment, Legal

Tenant whose dogs hounded neighbours hit with injunction Tenant whose dogs hounded neighbours hit with injunction

A social housing tenant whose litter of nuisance dogs sent her neighbours barking has been hit with an injunction.

Sovereign Housing Association was granted the order against the resident whose animals howled and barked incessantly and left excessive amounts of faeces inside her property and its rear garden.

A district judge heard that the dogs were often abandoned for long periods throughout the day and overnight, and that there was evidence that two of the animals were being bred by the tenant as part of a money-making scheme.

It was revealed that at one point there were 13 dogs on the premises in the Pembroke Park area of Swindon.

The injunction orders the tenant - who failed to attend the hearing - to remove all hounds from her property, and forbids her from causing other noise of any kind that bothers her neighbours.

She is also banned from having dogs in her residence in the future without written permission from Sovereign.

Any breaches of the injunction could lead to her eviction.

Louise Borzoni, Sovereign’s antisocial behaviour officer, said: "The resident consistently failed to take responsibility for her dogs or their behaviour, or to provide them with the most basic care; this resulted in an intolerable situation for her neighbours.

"We offered months of support and advice to this resident, but to little effect. In the end we had no option but to go to court to request an Injunction Order to compel the resident to remove the dogs from her property."

Aaron Devereaux, head of antisocial behaviour at Sovereign, said: "This case highlights the extreme negative impact that dogs barking can have on neighbours. Sovereign seeks to help build and support strong and cohesive communities, and we always try to take firm action against all kinds of nuisance behaviour. We’d like to thank residents who came forward as witnesses which allowed us to achieve this outcome."

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