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Animal Nuisance

Legislation exists to prevent anyone causing a nuisance or health hazards to other people and homes/premises from keeping animals.


The smells from keeping pets in unhygienic conditions can be a nuisance to neighbours. Dogs left alone to bark for long periods may be a disturbing to people living nearby.

Anyone owning a pet has a duty to keep it in a way that does not interfere with neighbours' enjoyment of their homes.

The Environmental Health Team will investigate any complaints. This will involve assessing the nuisance from the complainant's property and may require more than one visit depending on the type of nuisance. If there are animal cruelty issues the RSPCA will be contacted for assistance.