Thursday 25 December 2014

Dog owner who was warned her excessive barking dogs would be taken off her has case struck out after dogs were fitted with anti-barking collars

Published 15/05/2014 | 18:09

The woman's dogs barking ceased when they were fixed with anti-barking dog collars.

A DOG owner who was warned to control her dogs' constant and excessive barking had her case struck out after a judge heard there has been a 'colossal improvement.'

Gail Corr was warned by Judge Dermot Dempsey two months ago that her two dogs would be removed from her ownership if there was no improvement.

However, after Ms Corr fixed anti-barking collars to the dogs, the barking has ceased, Balbriggan District Court has heard.

Ms Corr's neighbour, Lorraine Sherry of Thomastown in Loughshinny, North Dublin took the case against Ms Corr, of the same address, over the constant barking of her two dogs – a Boxer cross and a Labrador Collie cross.

At a previous sitting of Balbriggan District Court, Ms Sherry said the two dogs were kept in a small pen beside Ms Corr's house and that they 'bark at everything.'

She claimed the dogs barked repeatedly until 5am on February 15th and on March 15th and Ms Corr had 'made no effort to stop them.'

She said she sent a registered letter to Ms Corr complaining of the excessive barking and after she received no response, she brought the case to court.

'The dogs are let out regularly to urinate and constantly bark at anything,' said Ms Sherry.

'The noise of the barking comes through my daughter's bedroom, my kitchen and if someone knocks on my door, her dogs bark,' she added.

Contesting the case, Ms Corr claimed that she only became aware that Ms Sherry had an issue over the dogs when she saw her recording the dogs over her garden wall.

'My dogs are kept in all night. They are indoor dogs and are brought out regularly for walks,' claimed Ms Corr.

'I haven't heard a peep from the dogs since the anti-barking collars were fitted,' Ms Sherry told the court. 'There has been a colossal improvement,' she added, thanking Ms Corr for the steps she took to eliminate the barking.

Judge Dempsey said he was pleased the dogs have stopped the excessive barking and struck the case out.

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