Aboyne woman evicted for persistently allowing her dogs to foul

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A woman from Aboyne has been evicted from her tenancy as a result of persistently allowing her dogs to foul in the common areas of the development she lived in and not cleaning up after her pets.

Langstane Housing Association said it had received a number of complaints over the last three years from neighbours about the woman not picking up after her pets.

The Association explained despite giving the woman a chance to clean up her act and allowing her to keep her animals, she “refused” to rehome the dogs after more complaints were received, which gave the Association “no other option” but to evict her.

It is an offence under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 to allow a dog to foul and not remove the faeces immediately. It is also a breach of the tenants’ tenancy conditions to allow a pet to cause a nuisance.

Helen Gauld, chief executive of Langstane Housing Association, said: “The Association first received complaints from neighbours in August 2014 about the dog fouling shortly after the tenant moved into her address.

“Following warnings regarding the dog mess and following investigation permission to keep her pets was withdrawn.

“The tenant assured the Association that there would be no more issues with fouling and she was allowed to keep the pets.

“Unfortunately complaints about the dog fouling were again received from neighbours, and again after investigation permission to keep her pets were withdrawn for the second time.

“Despite the tenant being given a reasonable opportunity to find an alternative home for her pets she refused to do so leaving the Association no other option than to begin legal action to end her tenancy.

“The Association’s solicitor applied for an eviction order and at a hearing in December 2016 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court the tenant admitted that she had persistently allowed her dogs to foul in the common areas and had not cleaned up after them.

“The Association was pleased to have been supported in their action by the neighbours, one of whom was prepared to appear as a witness in court.

“The Association also worked closely with an Aberdeenshire Council Dog Warden.

“The Association recognises that owning a pet can have a beneficial effect on the physical health and social wellbeing of our tenants.

“However during our recent customer satisfaction survey dog fouling was highlighted as a major anti-social behaviour issue for our tenants.

“We encourage responsible dog ownership and will work with individuals where there may be issues with their pets but if they repeatedly refuse to clean up after their dog then we will have no other option than to take action against their tenancy.”