Dog fouling lands owner in court

A Chorley man who failed to clean up after his dog has been fined £75 and ordered to pay £200 costs.

Ian Davies, 47, of Woodville Road, Heath Charnock, pleaded guilty by letter to allowing his dog to foul on a footpath after failing to pay a fixed penalty notice issued by Chorley Council.

The court was told Davies was seen by two of Chorley Council's neighbourhood officers walking three dogs along the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal of Rawlinson Lane at Heath Charnock.

None of the dogs were on leads and it was a brown terrier-type dog which was about 10 yards behind Davies that fouled.

The officers approached Davies and told him what they'd seen and gave him a fixed penalty notice which he did not pay.

In mitigation the owner said he hadn't seen the dog foul and when told by the officers he pulled out a bag.

He said he did not dispute the dog had fouled but he did not accept that he had been unco-operative.

He was fined 75 and ordered to pay 200 costs plus a 15 victim surcharge.

Coun Eric Bell who oversees the council's campaign against dog fouling said: "Dog faeces can transmit disease and is particularly dangerous for children so it is important people do clear up after their dogs.

"It is also one of the issues that really annoys residents and our 'Don't be a dirty dog' campaign has been really successful in educating people about the need to clean up after their pets.

"People must be aware of what their pets are doing at all times. Our message is clear - bag it then bin it."

"Irresponsible dog owners who don't pick up after their dog will be prosecuted.

"If you see someone who lets their dog foul and doesn't clear it up report it to us on 01257 515151 or www.chorley.gov.uk/dogfouling."