Woman fined for failing to clean up dog mess

St Helens Magistrates Court
St Helens Magistrates Court

A woman has been fined for failing to clean up after her dog.

Caroline Bannister, of City Gardens, was fined £100, ordered to pay £195 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge after failing to remove her dog’s faeces from a public area.

Bannister pleaded guilty by letter at St Helens Magistrates Court on May 3.

She was issued with a fixed penalty notice but failed to pay within the allotted time.

Mike Petersen Principal Environmental Health Officer at St Helens Council said: “Dog fouling is a serious offence which blights our parks and open spaces and is detrimental to public health and well-being.

“First time offences are usually dealt with by way of a fixed penalty notice of £80, but we will not hesitate to prosecute those individuals who fail to pay or where the offence has an aggravating feature – repeat offenders or those who attempt to evade us with false details being common

examples we see in court.”

The successful prosecution came as the council’s Environmental Warden Service commences more targeted enforcement in some of the areas worst-affected by fouling.

Residents are asked to report offences if they see them happening, and should contact the Dog Welfare and Enforcement team directly on 01744 676299.