Dog mess health scare lands tenant £300 fine

The house  belonging to Mark Conneally in Parson Cross who has appeared in court regarding dog mess on his front lawn
The house belonging to Mark Conneally in Parson Cross who has appeared in court regarding dog mess on his front lawn
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A TENANT who let dog dirt pile up in his garden upsetting neighbours and causing a public health risk has been prosecuted and fined.

Mark Conneally, aged 35, who keeps two dogs at his council house on Barrie Road, Parson Cross, was ordered to pay £300 at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard officers from Sheffield Council’s Environmental Protection Service received complaints that Conneally was allowing dog dirt to accumulate at the property.

Investigations showed the accumulations were so serious there was a possibility of a public health nuisance.

Sheffield Council accepted Conneally did clean up the mess from time to time – but added his efforts were not sufficient to prevent a nuisance from the smell affecting residents and complaints continued.

The court was told officers served an abatement notice on Conneally requiring him to clean up the dog dirt and keep the garden free of accumulations – but further complaints were made in January this year.

Officers attended and found the dog dirt had once again been allowed to build up.

There were 30-40 piles of it in the garden, magistrates were told.

Conneally pleaded guilty in court to breaching an abatement notice by failing to remove the dog dirt.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment and Labour councillor for Southey ward, who represents the area where Conneally lives, said: “We are pleased the magistrates have supported the council’s action.

“Waste that can cause public health problems to a neighbourhood is not welcome and can reduce the quality of life for residents.

I think everyone can agree that in this case we had to take action to improve the neighbourhood.”

Conneally was unavailable for comment but has removed all traces of dog dirt from the overgrown front garden.

One neighbour said: “I have some sympathy for him because he has now cleaned it up and enough people let their dogs foul on an area of grassland in the middle of the street without getting punished.”