Pets and animals - is it anti-social behaviour?
Information about noise from pets and animals, dangerous animals, and advice on dealing with these issues.
Persistent noise particularly when it is between the hours of 11pm and 7am could be considered to be anti-social behaviour.
We encourage you to try to deal with this informally with your neighbour first. See our neighbours page for some tips to help you resolve issues informally with your neighbour.
Councils have a responsibility to look into complaints about noise that could be a statutory nuisance. For statutory nuisance to exist, it must be shown that the noise is either prejudicial to your health or is significantly interfering with your reasonable enjoyment of your property.
It must occur regularly and continue for a period of time that makes it unreasonable. It is not enough for the noise to be annoying or disturbing.
Councils can issue warning notices for statutory nuisance and for noise at night without it being a statutory nuisance. Visit Gov.uk for more details of how councils deal with noise nuisance complaints.
If you feel that someone or an animal is at risk please contact the police and then report the incident to us, along with the report number given to you by the Police. You could also contact an animal charity such as the RSPCA for advice.
Dangerous dogs and other animals
It is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, including:
- a public place
- a private place, e.g. a neighbour’s house or garden
- the owner’s home
The law applies to all dogs. Some types of dogs are banned. Visit Gov.uk for more information on banned dogs.
Dog owners can be given an on-the-spot fine if they do not clear up after their dog in a public place.
If an animal becomes aggressive and intimidating it can be considered a dangerous animal.
If you feel at risk please report it to the police. Once you have a crime reference number, please contact us to report the incident. If you feel the situation needs immediate attention please phone us.
Too many animals
A home with too many animals can be considered anti-social behaviour if the animals are causing a disturbance. You can contact us to report an incidence of this kind.
If you feel that someone or an animal is at risk please contact the police and then report the incident to us, along with the report number given to you by the police. You could also contact an animal charity such as the RSPCA.