A dog owner in St Helens has become one of the first in the borough to be convicted under new powers handed to animal welfare officers.
John Paul Lamb was spotted by dog wardens taking his pet for a walk along College Street without a lead on.
The officers were concerned because the dog was not under Lamb’s control and continually wandered into the path of oncoming vehicles, forcing drivers to hit the brakes.
When asked to put the dog on a lead, Lamb admitted he didn’t have one with him but then refused to cooperate with the officer.
He was charged under the Dogs on Leads by Direction Control Order 2012 – one of the first such incidents in the borough.
He appeared at St Helens Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Decemmber 15) where he admitted the charge.
Lamb was fined £80, with costs of £80 for non-payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice within the prescribed time limit.
He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 along with court costs of £150.
The court heard the offence took place on June 5.
Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron, cabinet member for Green, Smart and Sustainable Borough, said: “The irresponsible actions of just one dog owner can have a detrimental effect in a community of otherwise good dog owners, which, thankfully, most of us are.
“The vast majority of people asked to put their dogs on leads by our Enforcement Officers comply, resulting in no further action. On this occasion, the individual refused to cooperate, so the council sought to prosecute via the special legislation.
“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.”
Residents are asked to report offences if they see them happening, and should contact the Dog Welfare and Enforcement team directly on 01744 676299.