Man convicted of allowing Doberman to stray

A Doberman (library picture)
A Doberman (library picture)

A dog owner from St Helens become the second person in recent months to be convicted under new anti-social behaviour laws.

Peter Woods of the Golden Lion Hotel, Church Road, Rainford was fined £440 after being found guilty in his absence by St Helens Magistrates for continually breaching a Community Protection Notice – allowing his Doberman-type dog to stray on a regular basis on Church Road, Rainford.

The court heard how his conduct had been deemed by St Helens Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service to be persistent, of a continuing nature and having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.

Over a four year period between 2011 and 2015, Woods had allowed his Doberman dog to stray in a public place and to enter private properties where the dog was not permitted.

Despite numerous written warnings, it was only when the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 was introduced that the Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service was able to effectively resolve the matter.

Woods was issued with a Community Protection Notice in February 2015, but despite this, Woods continued to allow his dog to stray in the area of Church Road, Rainford.

The service summonsed Woods directly to court rather than issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Yesterday (12 January 2016) at St Helens Magistrates Court, Woods was fined £440, with costs of £869.98. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £44.

Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Green, Smart and Sustainable Borough, said: "Our Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service promotes responsible dog ownership.

“This is another example of a dog owner failing to respond to advice and warnings he was

given.

“In this case, the service had no option but to use new anti-social behaviour legislative powers to resolve the matter for the benefit of the community.

“I would urge all residents to report any dog incidents to the Dog Welfare and Enforcement Team as soon as possible.

“The matter can be investigated and, if appropriate, legal action can be taken.”