FAILING TO PICK UP AFTER HIS PET LANDS MAN IN COURT

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By Karenh2009 | Saturday, September 04, 2010, 15:32

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DOG owner who failed to clean up after his pet in a Chorley park has been fined

£150.

 

Adrian

Davis, 45, of Gilbert Street, Chorley, was found guilty of letting the dog foul

the land after failing to pay a fixed penalty notice issued by Chorley Council.

 

South

Ribble Magistrates heard that Davis had been walking his German Shepherd dog in

Rangletts Recreation Ground, off Duke Street, and was spotted by a council

officer making no effort to clean up after his pet.

 

When

approached by the officer Davis said that he did not have any bags to clear up

the mess but that they were in his other jeans, the court heard.

 

Davis

was handed a £75 fixed penalty notice and given a bag to clear the dog mess.

 

Despite

repeated attempts to by the council to sort out payment the fine remained

unpaid and further action was taken.

 

Councillor

Eric Bell, who is responsible for tackling dog fouling at the council, said:

“If people don’t clean up after their dog it can make the place look a mess and

cause serious health problems.

 

“In

this particular case the dog muck was left in a park not far from a play area

so children out playing could easily step in it or pick up an infection.

 

“Dog

fouling is one of the issues that really annoys residents and our ‘Don’t be a

dirty dog’ campaign has been really successful in educating people about the

need to clean up after their pets.

 

“Irresponsible

dog owners who don’t pick up after their dog will be prosecuted. If you see

someone who lets their dog foul and doesn’t clear it up report it to us on

01257 515151 or www.chorley.gov.uk/dogfouling.”

 

Davis

was fined £150 in his absence at court and ordered to pay £295 costs and a £15

victim surcharge.

 

      

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