Mr Mallak said: "This prosecution has had a significant impact on Mr Hocaoglu, on his health and on his family’s health.
"His wife says they have had sleepless nights because of the prosecution.
"This entire process has left them feeling alienated from their own community and they feel targeted."Yes, amazingly enough, the family that owned the dog that barked so much it attracted the council's noise department are the real victims...
Under the terms of a noise abatement order the three-year-old Anatolian shepherd now has to stay inside between the hours of 9pm and 8am.
It also has to wear a special collar to stop it from barking. At Bromley Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday (May 15) Mustafa Hocaoglu pleaded guilty to eight breaches of the order - on October 8 to 15 last year.Not just one. Eight.
But they are special, you see. They shouldn't have to abide by the same laws as everyone else. Or even buy whatever's necessary to stop their hound destroying the peace of the neighbourhood:
In mitigation Tariq Mallak said the problems started when the Chislehurst Road bridge building works began.
He said the noisy building works caused Tolia (pictured above) to bark while adding there had been a meeting between Bromley Council and the Hocaoglu family last August where a council officer said they would supply the special collar.
However, the family were later told they had to buy the collar and this was not delivered until October 19 last year - after the breaches occurred.A bullet's cheaper and far more certain to shut the brute up. I'd happily shell out for that, were I a Bromley taxpayer.
Mr Hocaoglu was fined £264 and made to pay costs of £697 along with a victim’s surcharge of £26.40.
Speaking after the sentence, his daughter Ren, who owns the dogs, said: "The fine is a lot less than the £40,000 for dog barking we were threatened with.
"We are relieved it’s over but we still feel upset because we were forced to plead guilty just for having animals."No you're not. I have animals, and yet here I sit, un-fined. My neighbour has three dogs, and yet, no fines! How do we achieve this miracle, I wonder?
Is it because our animals don't cause a noise nuisance? Could be...