Dog owner fined £420 for refusing to put her dogs on a lead at recreation ground in Northamptonshire

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A dog owner from Northamptonshire who repeatedly breached the dogs on leads order at a recreation ground has received a £420 fine for her latest violation.

The woman has already received a verbal warning and three Fixed Penalty Notices for not having her dogs on leads at the park and most recently, was caught by a dog warden and a PCSO for the same offence in the same location.

A spokeswoman said that when approached by the two officers, the woman was heard to say: “Here we go again. Don’t bother giving me the ticket; you know where I live, just put it through my door.” She then left the park.

This latest offence earned the dog owner a court appearance at Northampton Magistrates’ Court where she pleaded guilty, was convicted and received a fine of £150, costs of £250 and victim surcharge of £20.

The incident happened at the Vine Hill recreation ground in Higham Ferrers.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “It’s unfortunate that continued breaches of the law at this location have led to the council having to take court action and a dog walker has now received a criminal record. These orders are in place so that everyone can enjoy the recreation ground in comfort and safety.”

For more information about dog control orders in East Northamptonshire, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/dogcontrolorders