Judge bars Vancouver Island family from keeping howling, barking dogs

DUNCAN, B.C. - A B.C. Supreme Court judge has barred a family from keeping their barking dogs on their rural Vancouver Island property because the "excessive noise" actually violated a local bylaw.

In a written decision, Justice Doug Halfyard says the dogs were kept between early 2008 and July 2013 by Barry and Janice Bradshaw on a property near Duncan owned by their daughter, Kimberley Bradshaw.

Halfyard heard that the dogs barked and howled frequently, often for extended periods of time, and caused excessive noise and disturbances "at all hours of the day and night."

So many neighbours complained that the District of North Cowichan took the family to court to enforce local bylaws, including a noise bylaw.

Following a one-day hearing, Halfyard found the dog owners broke the noise bylaw and prohibited the Bradshaws from keeping any dogs that disturbed their neighbours.

The couple was not immediately available for comment, but the decision notes they tried to reduce their dogs' barking and howling and were sometimes successful.

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