Dog owner fined for leaving mess

A WOMAN who failed to clean up after her dog after it fouled a public footpath has been landed with a bill for £425.

Nicola Bird, of Westlea, Clowne, Derbyshire, was walking her dog along a footpath known as 'The Stumps,' off Boughton Lane, when she failed to clean up after her pet.

She was talking on her mobile phone while her dog fouled the path and made no attempt to clean up before walking way.

Officers from Bolsover District Council issued her with a 50 Fixed Penalty Notice, giving her 14 days to pay.

When she failed to pay, the matter was sent to North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court in Chesterfield and she was found guilty in her absence.

She was fined 210 and ordered to pay court costs of 200 and a 15 victim surcharge.

Coun Dennis Kelly, Bolsover District Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "This is a blatant case of disregarding the law.

"The defendant had every opportunity to clear up the mess and pay the Fixed Penalty Notice, but chose not to, so we had no alternative but to take court action. This is a footpath used by parents, toddlers and school children and to be so blas about not cleaning up the mess astounds me.

"We are doing everything in our power to make sure pet owners do not get away this kind of behaviour."

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