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Trafford Council conviction for dog fouling
4:00pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A TRAFFORD resident has been convicted by Sale magistrates for failing to clear up after his dog.
Simon Lowther of Chepstow Avenue, Sale, was ordered to pay a fine of £83, £75 costs and £20 victim surcharge after he was found guilty of allowing a dog to defecate in a public place and failing to remove the faeces.
Magistrates heard that in April 2013, a council environmental enforcement officer witnessed Mr Lowther allowing his dog to defecate on Chepstow Avenue and failing to clear up afterwards.
When approached, Mr Lowther gave false details to the officer. However, working in partnership with Irwell Valley Housing Association, the council later identified Mr Lowther and he was subsequently found guilty of the offence.
Cllr Alan Mitchell, executive councillor for highways and environment, said: “Dog fouling is not only unpleasant and anti-social, it is also dangerous to public health, causing serious illness, and even blindness in some cases.
“Dog owners have a clear responsibility to clean up after their dogs and the council will take action against those that fail to do so.
“We would advise owners to scoop up any dog mess, put in a plastic bag and place it in the nearest dog waste/litter bin. Alternatively, take it home and dispose of it, wrapped up, in your domestic refuse.”
If a dog fouls in a public place, by law the owner or person in charge of the dog at the time must clean up after it, put the mess in a tightly tied bag and dispose of it in a public refuse bin. Being unaware that the dog has fouled, or not having a suitable means of removing the excrement is not a reasonable excuse for failing to clean up after a dog.
Anybody wishing to report incidents of dog fouling should contact Access Trafford on 0161 912 2000 or e-mail: email@example.com. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.