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Home » Latest News » Local Lawyer Takes a Stand for Animal Shelter

Local Lawyer Takes a Stand for Animal Shelter

Local Lawyer Takes a Stand for Animal Shelter

The Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home faces an uncertain future following a series of noise complaints which have resulted in a noise abatement order being served by East Lindsey District Council.

The shelter has cared for thousands of dogs and other animals over the last 33 years and support has been pouring in from volunteers and local residents. An online petition calling to protect the shelter has attracted over 11,000 signatures, with local residents up in arms against any proposed closures.

Sue who runs The Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home has grave concerns about the future of the service but hopes that a solution can be found: “The worst case scenario is we can’t take on any more dogs and we have to rehome the dogs that we have which hopefully won’t happen.”

East Lindsey District Council say they have been forced to serve the notice, Jon Challan the Public Protection Service Manager for ELDC was interviewed by BBC East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire over the weekend and explained that “When presented with the evidence and the nature of the amount of dog barking that was going on and the frequency, the duration and the volume of it we were left in no position but to end up having to serve a notice”.

Joe Pepper, a Corporate and Commercial Lawyer based in the Grimsby offices at Bridge McFarland, offered his services to Sue and her team and hopes to help them overturn the abatement order. “It’s a real shame that such a well meaning institution has been put under this pressure. Sue and her team do so much for the community and always put animal welfare first.

“I’m not surprised to see the local community coming together to support her in this, we love our animals in Lincolnshire and the Ark has been around for so long, to be in a position where they are having to contemplate closing a vital community asset now is heartbreaking for all involved.

“We are working hard with the Ark to show all the steps already taken to minimise the noise from the site and hope East Lindsey District Council will acknowledge this and work with us going forward”.

There has been a petition set up online in support of the Ark.