Nelson man receives fine after allowing his dog to foul in public place

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A NELSON man has been ordered to pay more than £400 for allowing his dog to foul in a public place.

Martin Rouski (38), of Ball Street, failed to attend Reedley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday last week, but the case was proved in his absence.

The court imposed a fine of £350 plus £70 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

On October 19th last year, two of Pendle Council’s environmental crime officers witnessed a border collie foul the road on Conduit Street, Nelson.

The dog, which had been let out on its own, then returned to a house just yards away in Ball Street. It was let back in and the door closed behind it.

Environmental crime officer Andrew Peart knocked on the door and spoke to the resident, Martin Rouski.

Rouski admitted that he was responsible for the dog but said that a back problem prevented him from cleaning up after it.

After being issued with a fixed penalty notice – carrying a fine of £75 – for not cleaning up his dog’s waste immediately, Rouski was seen to eventually clear it up with little difficulty.

He did not pay the fixed penalty and, as a result, ended up being taken to court.

Andrew Peart said: “It was clear to me that Mr Rouski had no intention of clearing up after his dog. It had been let out on its own to do its business and then allowed back into the house.

“Had I not knocked on the door to speak to him, I am certain that Mr Rouski would have left the fouling on the road.

“In Pendle, we don’t tolerate the minority of dog owners who behave irresponsibly by allowing their dogs to foul. They give dog owners a bad name, make the streets look a mess and the fouling poses a health risk to humans and dogs alike.”

To report anyone who you see allowing their dog to foul, call the council’s contact centre on 661743. Alternatively, you can fill in a form on its website at www.pendle.gov.uk/forms