£1,000 bill for Colne dog fouler

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A persistent dog fouler from Colne faces a bill of over £1,000 for allowing his dog to foul in public.

Stuart Day, of Midgley Street, Colne, appeared in Burnley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Day was found guilty of seven dog fouling offences.

He was fined £500, ordered to pay prosecution costs of £625 plus a victim surcharge of £20.

He must pay the total of £1,145 within 21 days.

A local resident, concerned about dog fouling in the Midgley Street area, made several witness statements which helped to bring about the prosecution.

As Mr Day has been previously prosecuted for dog fouling less than six months ago - in October 2013 - his case went straight to the Magistrates’ Court.

Coun. John David, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “This is such a hefty fine for an individual who had absolutely no regard for his responsibilities as a dog owner.

“Clearly, he never had any intention of cleaning up his dog’s waste, instead leaving it to blight the area for other residents.

“On behalf of our Environmental Crime team and our Legal team, I’d like to thank the neighbour who helped us to prosecute Mr Day by giving numerous witness statements.

“Reports like this from residents who witness dog fouling help us to take action against the minority of dog owners who ignore dog fouling laws.”

If you see anyone allowing their dog to foul in public and failing to clean it up, you can report them to Pendle Council.

Call 661743 or fill in a form at www.pendle.gov.uk/forms