A couple from York have been fined £5,000 after their yapping terriers created a nuisance - barking '43 times a minute'.
Residents first complained to York Council about Brenda and Brian Golding's terriers in September last year.
Officers left recording equipment at a neighbouring home for a week, and realised that when left alone in the terraced house, the pair of Jack Russells would bark 43 times a minute. Neighbours said that the dogs could sometimes continue yapping for up to four hours at a time.
The terriers' owners were given advice in writing and, following numerous complaints from neighbours, recordings of the noise were made and visits made by the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team.
The council also issued the couple a noise abatement notice ordering the noise to stop.
Following another visit in February and further complaints in April and May - action was taken. The Goldings were both summoned to York Magistrates Court, but did not attend or reply to the summons.
They were convicted in their absence of four charges each of contravening a noise abatement notice by not stopping their dogs barking.
Magistrates fined each £1,600, plus a £160 statutory surcharge, plus £150 court costs, plus £647.45 prosecution costs: totalling £5,114.90.
During interview, Brenda Golding told officers that she and her husband had bought their dogs calming medication including sprays and had tried leaving the radio on when they had to leave them.