£600 fine for Chorley dog owner

BIN IT: A council dog bin in Chorley

BIN IT: A council dog bin in Chorley

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A dog owner who failed to pick up after his pet which had fouled on a footpath now faces a bill of nearly £600.

Dominic Mayers, 19, of Foster Street, Chorley, was found guilty in his absence by the town’s magistrates after he failed to turn up at Chorley Magistrates’ Court.

It is extremely selfish of people not to pick up after their pet, I’m sure they wouldn’t like it if it was outside their home.

Council Paul Walmsley

He was fined £200, and ordered to pay costs of £371.50, plus a £20 victim surcharge after magistrates heard a council officer on patrol in the area had seen his dog foul on a 
footpath between Stump Lane and Highfield School playing fields.

Mayers walked past the dog as it was fouling and walked past the council officer, making no attempt to stop and pick up the mess the dog had left.

The officer spoke to Mayers who said he did not have any poo bags with him.

He was given a fixed penalty notice by the officer but he failed to pay, despite two reminders being sent to him by the council.

Council Paul Walmsley, who tackles dog fouling issues for Chorley Council, said: “This area is a known hot spot for dog fouling so our patrols regularly target it.

“Our officer was in uniform just a few yards away and still Mr Mayers did not pick up the mess made by his dog.

“This area is close to a primary school and dog mess can be dangerous for children.

“It is extremely selfish of people not to pick up after their pet, I’m sure they wouldn’t like it if it was outside their home.

“Whilst the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and do clean up after their pets, there are some who don’t and they’re the ones we target in our Don’t Mess with Chorley campaign because dog fouling is a real problem in some areas.”