Scunthorpe Magistrates court fined a Scunthorpe man £2,000 for leaving piles of dog mess - the largest fine ever handed out for such an offence locally.
Gary Kerins of Church Street, Goxhill was fined £500 for each of the four offences. He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £15 victim charge.
An abatement notice issued to Mr Kerins in November last year remains in place. This means that if he commits any further offences, he will be prosecuted through the courts again. The council could also apply for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order against him.
Mr Kerins was ordered to clean up after his dogs and not allow dog mess to accumulate in his garden.
If you don’t clean up after your pet, you face an £80 on the spot fixed penalty or maximum £1,000 fine plus costs if fined in court.
If you see anyone failing to clean up after their pet, report it to the council on 01724 297000.
Gary Fox, Environmental Officer for North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“It is one thing to allow your dog to mess, but to continuously not clean up the mess is a disgrace. We are not talking about just a small amount of dog faeces; this was mess that had been left to accumulate over a period of time. This is a good result for us and highlights the consequences of not cleaning up after your pets.”
Cllr Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for
“Anyone who owns a dog should act responsibly in a number of ways and this includes cleaning up after your dog.
“Neighbours don’t want to be subjected to the stench of dog mess when they wake up in the morning. It doesn’t take long to clean it up and if you keep on top of it, it is a straightforward job.
“We won’t tolerate this behaviour. There’s no excuse and it’s unacceptable.”
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