Dog spending a penny costs Goxhill man £2,000
Scunthorpe Magistrates' Court fined a man £2,000 for leaving piles of dog mess - the largest fine ever handed out for such an offence locally.
Gary Kerins, of Church Street, Goxhill, was fined £500 for each of four offences.
He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £15 victim charge.
An abatement notice issued to Mr Kerins in November last year remains in place.
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He was ordered to clean up after his dogs and not allow dog mess to accumulate in his garden.
Gary Fox, Environmental Officer for North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is one thing to allow your dog to mess, but to continuously not clean up the mess is a disgrace.
"We are not talking about just a small amount of dog faeces; this was mess that had been left to accumulate over a period of time.
"This is a good result for us and highlights the consequences of not cleaning up after your pets.”
North Lincolnshire Council is reminding people that if they don’t clean up after their pets, they face an £80 on-the-spot fixed penalty or maximum £1,000 fine, plus costs, if the matter goes to court.
Councillor Nigel Sherwood (Brigg and Wolds), cabinet member for highways and neighbourhoods, said: “Anyone who owns a dog should act responsibly in a number of ways and this includes cleaning up after your dog.
“Neighbours don’t want to be subjected to the stench of dog mess when they wake up in the morning. It doesn’t take long to clean it up and if you keep on top of it, it is a straightforward job.
“We won’t tolerate this behaviour. There’s no excuse and it’s unacceptable.”
The council is telling the public to report anyone failing to clean up after their pet to them by calling 01724 297000.