Kettering man fined for failing to clean up after his dog

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Kettering Council has prosecuted a man for failing to remove the faeces after allowing his dog to foul Mill Road Park in Kettering. In September,

Luke Warner, of Gloucester Close, Kettering, was twice observed failing to remove the mess by council environmental wardens. Wardens visited Warner at his home and offered a fixed penalty notice of £75 for the offences. But this remained unpaid and the council instigated court action.

Cllr Mark Dearing, portfolio holder for environment on Kettering Council, said: “The council regularly patrols all its parks and open spaces, and responds to information from the public regarding dog fouling.

“When the wardens observe dog owners failing to remove fouling they will issue fixed penalty notices, and where necessary will bring action in the Magistrates Court.

“This case demonstrates that the council continue to place dog fouling high on our list of anti-social activities.”

Shirley Plenderleith, head of environmental health for Kettering Borough Council, added: “We recognise that it is the minority of dog owners who fail to clean up after their dogs, however, this impacts on the whole of our community.

“We would encourage all dog owners to act responsibly and clean up after their pets enabling all residents to enjoy the open spaces within the borough.”

Kettering councillor Michael Brown, who has campaigned against dog fouling, said: “It is a real shame that some people do not clean up after their dogs. I will continue to campaign for less dog mess locally and hope that this sends a strong message to the minority of dog owners that think this behaviour is acceptable.”

Magistrates imposed a fine of £600, £150 costs to the council, and a £60 victim surcharge.