Man fined £932 for letting dog poo pile up in his garden for second time

Dog poo was piled up in the man's garden.
Dog poo was piled up in the man's garden.
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A man has been fined £932 after letting dog poo pile up in his garden after an earlier court appearance for the same offence.

North Lincolnshire Council secured a second prosecution in less than a year against Mark Brown for failing to pick up after his dog.

Mr Brown of Newborn Avenue, Scunthorpe was originally issued with an Abatement Notice on 7 January 2016 after letting dog faeces pile up in his garden.

After he still failed to pick up after his dog, Mr Brown appeared in Scunthorpe Magistrates Court on 22 June 2016 where he pleaded guilty to breaching his Abatement Notice. He was fined £560.97.

On a routine inspection in January 2017, Environmental Health Officers from North Lincolnshire Council noticed a further accumulation of dog poo in Mr Brown’s garden.

The council sent him letters to remind him of his responsibility to pick up after his dog and keep his garden clear.

However, on further visits to the property, officers found little improvement in the garden and the build-up of faeces was considered to be a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Brown attended Grimsby Magistrates Court on 28 April 2017 and pleaded guilty to breaching his Abatement Notice again. He was ordered to pay a fine of £200 for each of his three offences, £200 costs and a further £132 investigations costs; a total of £932.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The council takes the problem of dog fouling very seriously and when faeces are allowed to pile up and become a statutory nuisance, we have to take action.

“The message is clear; be a responsible dog owner and pick up after your pet.”