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Dog owners successfully prosecuted

18 June 2014

Two dog owners have been successfully prosecuted by Allerdale Borough Council for failing to clean up after their pets.

Michael Maguire, aged 35, of Holden Road, Workington, pleaded guilty to the offence at Workington Magistrates Court. He was sentenced to pay a fine of £60, a victim surcharge of £20 and £85 towards the Council’s costs. He will pay the fine at a rate of £10 per fortnight via deductions from his benefits.

Sally Dale, aged 52, of Station Road, Flimby, pleaded guilty in a letter to the court. Because they did not have any financial information or a means form completed by Ms Dale, the magistrates were more robust in their sentencing. Ms Dale was ordered to pay a fine of £280, a victim surcharge of £28 and an £85 contribution to the Council’s costs.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive member for locality services, said: “These two successful prosecutions show that this council takes dog fouling extremely seriously. We will not hesitate to issue fixed penalty notices to those people who fail to clean up after their pets and, if those people don’t pay, we will take them to court where the fines can be so much higher.

“Our message is clear – do the right thing and pick up after your dog. If you don’t, we will go out of our way to catch you in the act and we will prosecute as many cases as we can. We know this dog fouling is one of the most common antisocial issues that our residents complain about. That is why we have a zero-tolerance approach.

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