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Pick up or pay up

Published Tuesday, 07 October 2014

A dog owner from Rushden has paid a hefty price for not picking up after his pooch and giving false information when questioned about it.

Michael Davey was spotted not clearing up his dog’s mess in Hall Park, Rushden by the East Northamptonshire Council dog warden. He was issued with a £75 fine but gave a false name and address. This setback was soon overcome though as a few days later, the dog warden spotted Mr Davey getting in his car near the park and noted his registration number so his real name and address could be traced. Mr Davey was then sent details of his fine and how to pay it but chose to ignore the repeated requests to pay which led to a court summons.

The case came to Northampton Magistrates Court in September where the defendant did not attend and a fine of £1,200 was issued for dog fouling and giving false information. He was also ordered to pay £460 costs.

Steven North, East Northamptonshire Council Leader, said:

“We know that keeping our streets and green spaces free of litter and dog mess is extremely important to our residents and visitors. This is another case that should remind all dog walkers that failing to clean up after your dog is an offence, and one that we take very seriously.”

Sarah Peacock, Leader of Rushden Town Council who employ the dog warden for two days a week to patrol parts of the town, added:

“Most dog owners are responsible and clear up after their dog but there is a small minority who leave this offensive type of litter on our streets and in parks.  It is to these we will issue fines, on the spot or if necessary, as was the case here, via the courts.  The message is simple - pick up or pay up.”