Clean-up failure costs dog owner big fine

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A DOG owner from Blackpool has been fined £265 after he failed to immediately clear up after his dog fouled in a public area.

Paul Grimshaw, of Furness Avenue, Grange Park, was prosecuted at Blackpool Magistrates Court for dog fouling offences.

He was found guilty and fined £100 in respect of the offence and ordered to pay £150 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The prosecution was brought by Blackpool Council bosses.

A spokesman for the authority said: “The result of the hearing was a victory for Blackpool Council and its animal wardens, one of who appeared in court as a witness.

“The wardens have dealt with a string of complaints regarding this dog, over the past two years, and hope that this large fine will be a strong reminder about the possible consequences for failing to comply with these laws.

“Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, anyone who fails to immediately remove fouling by a dog in their charge, in any public area, is committing an offence. They are likely to be issued with a fixed penalty notice requiring payment of £50. If this is not paid a fine of up to £1,000 could be the result.”