Dog owner has to pay more than £800 for mess

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A Chorley man has been fined after failing to clean up after his black Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy.

Dale Evenson, of Corporation Street, was fined £392 and ordered to pay £392 costs and £15 victim surcharge when his case was heard at Leyland Magistrates’ Court on Friday in a prosecution brought by Chorley Council.

The 25-year-old failed to turn up at court and was found guilty in his absence to the charge.

It relates to an incident on March 2 when a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) witnessed him allowing his dog to foul the middle of a busy town centre shopping street.

The court heard that Evenson was walking ahead of his dog, which was not on a lead, when the PCSO saw the puppy foul in the middle of Chapel Street.

Magistrates were told that a few moments later, as Evenson looked around and walked back towards the dog, a woman from a nearby shop emerged and offered him a plastic bag to clear up the mess but he laughed, picked up the dog and walked away.

When Evenson was issued with a fixed penalty notice a few days later he told the PCSO in crude terms that he would not be paying the penalty and he would take the dog into town again and it could foul everywhere, the court was told.

Coun Eric Bell, who is responsible for tackling dog fouling at Chorley Council, said: “It’s disgusting to hear that this man had a complete disregard for the mess his dog had caused and even when offered a bag to clear it up he refused and walked away. Irresponsible dog owners who don’t pick up after their dog and fail to pay the fixed penalty notices will be prosecuted.”