Dog owner brought to heel by court

A man from Harehills faces a hefty bill for leaving dog dirt on the pavement.

Paul Catterill of Stanley Road was found guilty under Section 55 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 at Leeds Magistrates Court last week.

He was ordered to pay a £200 fine and a victim surcharge of £15, plus costs of £508.21.

Catterill was spotted and reported by a local resident in June 2012 for allowing his dog to use the pavement as a toilet. Catterill failed to clean up the mess.

He was issued with a standard £75 fixed penalty notice for this offence but refused to pay so his case was heard in court.

The prosecution is the latest in a blitz on dog fouling in the Harehills area. With local residents fed up with a minority of dog owners not taking their responsibilities seriously, local councillors have made tackling dog fouling in the area a top priority.

As well as taking legal action against those who don’t clean up after their pets, the council has been working with its partners to help people understand what it takes to be a good dog owner.

An event with East North East Homes Leeds and The Dogs Trust in Harehills Park back in May 2012 allowed people to benefit from the advice of staff, dog wardens and the canine charity. At the event 99 dogs were micro-chipped for free and 27 dog neutering vouchers handed out.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“Dog owners can’t just turn a blind eye to what their pet is doing. It doesn’t take much to clean up after your dog but when people fail to do so, it could turn into a very expensive lack of judgement.”

If you know of someone who persistently fails to pick up after their pet or if you witness such an incident, email environmental.action@leeds.gov.uk with as much detail as possible. Where there is sufficient evidence, the council will issue a fixed penalty notice.

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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

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