Dog pair fined over fouling

Two people were fined for not picking up their dog's waste
Two people were fined for not picking up their dog's waste
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Two people have been fined after failing to clean up after their dogs.

The pair were taken to court by Preston Council for separate incidents, and were both ordered to pay a total of £550.

Jane Hall, 49, of Harcourt Street, Preston, failed to attend Preston Magistrates’ Court on April 22 and was found guilty in her absence of failing to remove dog fouling immediately.

The court was told the dog warden had been notified a brindle bull mastiff cross-breed dog was roaming in the area around Harcourt Street.

When the warden arrived she saw the dog foul on a grassed area. Hall failed to pay an £80 fixed penalty ticket and was taken to court.

She was fined £200 and was ordered to pay £330 of prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Richard Woodhead, 65, of Pope Lane, Preston, was also ordered to pay a total of £550 for dog fouling related offences after he was found guilty in his absence of failing to clean up after his dog and failing to provide his name and address.

The court was told that the dog warden witnessed a tan coloured terrier cross fouling on a grassed area on the junction of Farringdon Lane with Pope Lane. The dog was on a lead being held by Mr Woodhead. The court heard how Mr Woodhead pretended to pick up the dog fouling with a tissue but ran off when approached by the dog warden.

He was fined £200 and was ordered to pay £330 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Chief environmental health officer Craig Sharp said the majority of dog owners were responsible, but added: “The council is committed to 
tackling irresponsible dog owners and with the public’s support we will take robust enforcement action where necessary.”