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A woman has been hauled to court and ordered to pay £1,000 over her dog's 'excessive barking'. Susana Johnston, 46, was found to be continuing to allow her dog to bark despite being served with a noise abatement notice, Wales Online reports.

The barking was 'excessive and unreasonable', an investigation by environmental health officers found. The noise from the animal was having a detrimental impact on Johnston's neighbours, in Cwmbran in South Wales, and was affecting their sleep and right to peaceful enjoyment of their property.

Johnston was also found to have failed to take reasonable steps to prevent this and when questioned by officers, was unable to provide satisfactory reasons for the disturbances. READ NEXT: 'When this is over, I will live in a tent next to my demolished house' On March 20, at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court, Johnston accepted her dog continued to bark excessively, causing a nuisance after the notice had been served at her previous address at St Arvan's Road, Southville, Cwmbran.

She pleaded guilty to a breach of the specified conditions between May 31, 2023, and November 7, 2023. Johnston, now of Greenmeadow, Cwmbran, was convicted of an offence under the Environmental Protection Act.

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