A Rothwell woman has been fined for allowing her dog to foul in a public place and failing to clear it up.
In what it describes as part of a clampdown on irresponsible dog owners, Kettering Council issued Sarah Prigmore, of Gordon Street, with a fixed £75 penalty.
When she did not pay she was prosecuted, and magistrates have now handed her a £400 fine.
Prigmore, who had failed to clear up after her dog in Manor Park, Squires Hill, has also been hit with £100 costs and £40 victim surcharge.
Shirley Plenderleith, Kettering Borough Council’s head of environmental care, said: “The council is committed to taking a tough stance on tackling dog fouling. This successful prosecution sends out a clear message to the minority of dog walkers who act irresponsibly.”
Cllr Christopher Lamb, deputy council leader, added: “Letting your dog foul in a public place and failing to clear up afterwards is an offence. This prosecution is a clear example that dog fouling is taken seriously by the council.
“If you are caught allowing your dog to foul and then leaving it in a public place you will face a penalty fine and ultimately a court case if you fail to pay.”
The authority has encouraged residents to report incidents of dog fouling by calling 01536 410333.