Maximum fine for letting dog stray

A Leeds woman was handed the maximum penalty by Leeds Magistrates for continually flouting dog control orders.

Selina Reynolds (29) of Tong Drive, Farnley was fined £1,000 after her pet was found roaming the street unsupervised.

Reynolds’ dog was picked up as a stray in April 2012 when dog wardens spotted it wandering alone on Tong Drive. Although returned to Reynolds on the same day, the dog had either been reported to or picked up by wardens on six other occasions.

Reynolds was issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice for again allowing her pet to be out unsupervised on the street. She failed to pay the fixed penalty notice and was prosecuted.

In addition to the fine, Reynolds was ordered to pays costs totalling £387.43 and a £15 surcharge at Leeds Magistrates Court last week.

The latest prosecution comes as the council considers if dogs should be excluded from any other areas or if they should be kept on a lead in any other locations.

Dogs are currently excluded from children’s play areas, school grounds (where schools have requested the order), as well as remembrance and wildlife gardens. Dogs must also be kept on a lead on all streets, adjacent footpaths and grass verges.

As part of the annual review of dog control orders, people can suggest other areas where the rules could be applied.

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

“The control orders are an effective way of curbing the irresponsible behaviour of a minority of dog owners. Unfortunately, it’s this minority that cause the majority of issues like strays and fouling.

“Keeping the orders under review will allow us to tackle problem areas and take into account the views of local people. The rules already in force have helped us encourage dog owners to take their responsibilities and the safety of others seriously.

“But as this most recent case demonstrates, we won’t hesitate to prosecute when the rules are persistently ignored.”

For further information on dog control orders contact the council on 0113 222 4406 or go to www.leeds.gov.uk.

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