£220 bill for leaving dog mess on street

Failing to clean up after dogs can result in a fine
Failing to clean up after dogs can result in a fine
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A man who failed to pick up dog mess has been fined.

Harkdesh Modashia of Chatsworth Street, Preston, was ordered to pay £220 for dog control related offences after admitting three separate offences.

He attended Preston Magistrates Court and admitted failing to remove dog faeces immediately, failing to keep his dog on a lead on the public highway, and failing to provide his name and address to an authorised officer of the council. The court was told the dog warden saw Modashia walking his dog, a Bull Mastiff cross, on the pavements of New Hall Lane and Mercer Street without keeping it on a lead.

Modashia and his dog then entered Mercer Street Gardens where the dog fouled. He failed to clear up the faeces and was challenged by the dog warden.

The officer proposed to deal with the matter by way of a fixed penalty notice but Mr Modashia refused to give his details until the police arrived and threatened him with arrest. Modashia told the court he suffered from depression and anger management problems and his only income was his carer’s allowance.

The court fined Modashia £100 for failing to remove, forthwith, the dog faeces and there were no separate penalties for the other offences.

He was ordered to pay £100 towards the prosecution costs, and a victim surcharge of £20.

Coun John Swindells, said: “The council is pleased that the vast majority of dog owners pick up after their pets but this should be viewed as a warning to anyone who commits similar acts.”