Court fines man for dog mess

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A man from Creaton has been fined £225 by magistrates after allowing his dog to foul on the village green.

Tom Messenger, of The Green in Creaton, was also ordered to pay £200 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge at Northampton Magistrates Court on Monday, October 21, following an investigation by Daventry District Council.

On April 10, 2013, the council’s dog warden witnessed an unsupervised dog foul on the village green in Creaton after repeated complaints from residents.

The dog was followed back to its home and DDC wrote to Mr Messenger, the owner, on a number of occasions but he failed to respond, leaving the council with no alternative but to prosecute him.

Mr Messenger was fined £75 for allowing his unsupervised dog to foul village green, £75 for providing no identification on the dog such as a collar or tag, and £75 for failing to initially respond with information that would identify him as the owner of the dog.

Cllr Richard Atterbury, DDC’s environmental health portfolio holder, said: “We hope that the level of this fine sends a clear message to that minority of dog owners still failing to pick up after their dogs that such practice will not be tolerated.

“I am pleased that the magistrates viewed the offence seriously and would urge any residents who see dog owners failing to pick up after their dogs to report the matter to the Council.”

To report dog fouling using Daventry District Council’s online service go to www.daventrydc.gov.uk or call 01327 871100.