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Nuisance Animals and Pests

The Domestic Animals Act 2000 states that an animal nuisance exists if the keeping or behaviour of an animal causes a condition, state or activity that constitutes:

  • damage to property owned by a person other than the keeper
  • excessive disturbance to a person other than the keeper because of noise;
  • danger to the health of an animal or a person other than the keeper.

It should be noted that all dogs bark to some degree and only some barking behaviour meets the criteria for "nuisance" as described above.

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