Almost one in five noise complaints in South Northamptonshire is caused by howling dogs, council officials have revealed.
Last year, South Northamptonshire Council received 77 dog noise complaints, which accounted for 19 per cent of all noise complaints, and officers say there have so far been a further 64 since April.
Councillor Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “There is usually a reason why dogs bark continually such as loneliness, boredom, defending territory, medical problems or poor training.
“It is always best to try and sort out the problem amicably, but where a dog owner continues to blatantly allow their dog to cause a noise nuisance you should contact our environmental protection team.
“If, unfortunately, they are unable to resolve the problem then prosecution will be considered as a last resort.”
To report a persistent barking dog contact the environmental protection team on 01327 322323 during office hours or report it online at www.southnorthants.gov.uk