21 Dec 2023

Warning issued after a court issues a £5000 fine for out of control dog

Environmental Services

Leeds City Council has issued a warning to dog owners, after a woman from Leeds was hit with a £5000 fine, relating to five offences for dog fouling and five offences for not keeping her dog on a lead.

Angela Dunn of Victoria Park Grove, Bramley was sentence in her absence at Leeds Magistrates court last week and fined £5000 in relation to ten offences, she was also charged with paying Leeds City Council’s legal costs of £1968.00 and a victim surcharge of £200.

Ms Dunn ended up in court after she failed to engage with the council’s cleaner neighbourhoods team, ignoring a £100 fixed penalty notice (FPN) for an initial offence of dog fouling.

Following the identification of further offences and a continued lack of engagement with the council’s enforcement team, the decision was made to escalate the matter for the consideration of Leeds Magistrates Court.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council's executive member for climate, energy, environment and green space, said:

“Not picking up after a pet that fouls in a public area is completely irresponsible and inexcusable. Whilst we never want to have to resort to such measures, any dog owner who behaves in such a way can be assured that a fine will be issued if there is clear evidence they have broken the law.

“If a FPN is given, people should also be aware that we will take further action through the courts if the payment of a fine is ignored. As was the case here, this could result in a much larger financial penalty than what you have had to pay through a FPN.”


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