Leeds woman falls foul of dog roaming charges
A Leeds woman has been dealt a substantial fine after allowing her dog to roam unattended, breaching the dog control order in force across Leeds.
Caroline O’Connor of Simmons Way, Gipton, was fined £200 along with a £15 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £398.44 in costs. O’Connor allowed her dog to wander unsupervised and failed to take heed of warnings.
The pet was spotted roaming along the street by a dog warden working for Leeds City Council on Simmons Way in June 2012.
The warden explained to O’Connor it was an offence to allow her dog to roam. Dog control orders came into effect a year ago, under section 55 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, making it illegal to allow dogs off their lead on footpaths and verges adjacent to roads.
This order is to prevent dogs running into the road which can cause traffic accidents and to help prevent fouling and other nuisances unattended dogs can cause.
O’Connor was issued with a fixed penalty notice by the warden; however after neglecting to pay the case was sent to court, where she was found guilty.
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive member for the environment said:
“These control orders are in place to protect the welfare and interests of the community. Unfortunately there is a small minority of dog owners who persistently behave negligently which has a wider impact on the community.
“This recent case highlights the importance of being a reliable dog owner to avoid enforcement action being taken against you.”
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