Below are examples of behaviour the Council regards as nuisance:

  • Roaming and unattended animals.
  • Pets fouling in communal areas and owners’ gardens that is not cleared up immediately.
  • Pets fouling in neighbours’ gardens.
  • Excessive noise.
  • Too many animals within a household.
  • Unpleasant pet smells.
  • Aggressive animals.

Remember you are responsible for your pet and their behaviour at all times. If your pet is causing a problem to a neighbour the most helpful thing you can do is to try and see things from their point of view. How would you feel if you lived next door to a dog which barks all the time, or your children came in from playing in a communal area with dog excrement on their shoes? If a neighbour approaches you with a problem then try to sort it out amicably.

What to do if you are having problems with a neighbour’s pet        

If you feel you can, approach the owner and see if you can sort out the matter informally.

What action we can take concerning nuisance pets      

In the vast majority of cases we will try to resolve the issue informally after hearing both sides of the story.

What action to take if you suspect cruelty or neglect

If you suspect a neighbour is guilty of cruelty or neglect towards an animal or bird, you should report this to the RSPCA.