Fine unleashed on irresponsible dog owner

A man from Leeds has been forced to sit up and take notice of rules designed to curb irresponsible dog owners.

Having breached a dog control order to keep dogs on leads, Christopher McCall of Springbank Road, Gildersome, has been prosecuted.

Leeds magistrates fined McCall £100 and ordered him to pay costs of £150 plus a £15 victim surcharge.

Having received complaints of a dog wandering the streets on its own in the Springbank area, a dog warden was dispatched to investigate.

On arrival, the dog in question was seen roaming freely. Having responded to previous complaints about the same dog, the warden approached McCall at his home.

McCall was issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice for ignoring the rules which state that dogs have to be kept on lead at all times on all carriageways and adjacent footpaths and grass verges in Leeds.

McCall failed to pay the fine despite being reminded so was prosecuted.

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

“Dog control orders are a legitimate way to ensure that people keep their dogs on leads at the side of the road – not only to keep them safe, but to keep road users safe too.

“An unattended dog might seem like a minor thing, but when a dog is left to its own devices owners aren’t going to be able to clean up after them if they foul.

“At a time when we are being inundated with complaints about dog fouling, we won’t ignore irresponsible behaviour like this.”

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

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