Magistrates have fined a 57 year old man from Kidderminster £400.00 after he failed to clean up after his dog.
Peter Arnold of Baxter Avenue, Kidderminster failed to attend Kidderminster Magistrates Court on Friday 8 May. In his absence, Magistrates found him guilty of failing to remove his dog’s faeces from Baxter Gardens, Kidderminster.
Nina Dorrell, prosecuting for Wyre Forest District Council, told the court how on 27 September 2014 Peter Arnold was walking his dog in Baxter Gardens. A member of Friends of Baxter Gardens Group saw him and observed he had failed to clear away his dog’s mess.
The court heard Peter Arnold failed to pick up his dog’s mess despite a member of the Friends Group offering him a bag for it. Arnold had also been directed to a dog mess bag dispenser, which is available in the gardens.
Magistrates fined Peter Arnold £400.00. He was also ordered to pay £40.00 victim surcharge and £396.36 costs.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said:
“I hope this prosecution serves as a reminder to dog owners the importance of picking up and disposing of their dog's mess. We know the majority of dog owners do behave responsibly but there is an irresponsible minority that do not. We encourage people to report any incidents of people failing to clear up after their dog. ”
Wyre Forest District Council has a dedicated phone line for reporting dog fouling - 01562 732528. Incidents can also be reported using an automatic link in the dog fouling section of the Council’s website.