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Rothiemay dogs Asbo ruling questioned by Moray Council

The leader of Moray Council has hit out after a sheriff refused to grant an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) against a man who lives with almost 50 German shepherd dogs.

The local authority had sought the court order after complaints from neighbours at Rothiemay about the noise of barking.

However the sheriff ruled Andrew Dibiden had a right to his lifestyle.

Council leader Councillor Allan Wright said he was disappointed.

Mr Dibiden had arrived with the dogs in 2006.

'Difficult to comprehend'

People living nearby claimed their quality of life had been affected by barking.

Mr Wright said: "I am disappointed with the sheriff's ruling and, quite frankly, find it difficult to comprehend.

"Moray Council was reacting to a plea from a number of our constituents about the noise and distress caused by this pack of dogs.

"We will always do what we feel necessary in the best interests of the people of Moray."

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