Five dog owners have been ordered to pay more than £1,500 by the courts as South Ribble Council continues its crackdown on problems with dogs in public.
The prosecutions are the latest in a campaign to rid the borough of the mess and nuisance caused by unsupervised dogs.
Angela Baker, 29, of Meadowcroft Road, Leyland, was convicted in her absence by magistrates in Leyland for allowing her dog into a fenced-off children’s playground in Worden Park on February 18.
The playground is subject to a dog control order by the council, making it an offence to allow a dog to enter the exclusion area.
Kevin Marshall, 25, of Buller Avenue, Penwortham, was convicted in his absence for having a dog off a lead on Leyland Lane, Leyland.
Chris Handley, 20, of Linden Drive, Lostock Hall, was convicted in his absence for allowing his dog off a lead on Brownedge Road, Lostock Hall.
Jade Irwin, 22, of Higher Croft, Kingsfold, was convicted in her absence for having her dog off a lead on Pope Lane, Penwortham.
Robert Dawson, 42, of Sherburn Road, Penwortham, was convicted in his absence for allowing his dog off the lead on Studholme Crescent, Penwortham.
The five dog owners were each fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £100 and a £20 victim surcharge.
Coun Peter Mullineaux, South Ribble’s cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and street scene, said: “These latest prosecutions show the commitment that we have made to maintain a tough, zero tolerance approach to dog-related problems across South Ribble.
“We have worked hard over the last few years to clamp down on dog fouling, dogs found on the streets unsupervised or off the lead near roads and car parks and keeping dogs out of enclosed children’s play areas.
“These are among our residents’ biggest concerns, so it is encouraging to see that fixed penalty notices and fines are being issued to irresponsible owners.
“This fits with our priorities to keep South Ribble clean and safe.”
This year has seen a total of 46 fixed penalties issued in the period up to the end of September.
In 2011/12 a total of 113 notices were served, up from 81 the previous year. A total of £3,740 in fines has been collected in relation to dog offences including a fine of £400 for a dog being off the lead.