09 May 2011>
A Caerphilly county borough resident has been taken to court and fined, after he failing to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice, issued to him for allowing his dog to foul a public area and not picking it up.
Joe Fisher of Rees Terrace, Llanbradach was taken to court following the incident in Morgan Street Works Playing Field, Llanbradach. A Caerphilly County Borough Council Enforcement Officer witnessed Mr Fisher allow his dog to foul and then fail to pick it up, and issued him with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75.
However, through non-payment of the fine, the matter was pursued through the courts.
The case was heard at Newport Magistrates Court on 14th April 2011 – Joe Fisher failed to attend court, therefore the case was proven in his absence.
He was ordered to pay a £100 fine, together with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Cllr Rob Gough, Cabinet Member for Public Protection said, "It is very disappointing that a small minority of residents still fail to take their environmental responsibilities seriously, and continue to feel it is acceptable to allow their dog to foul public areas and then fail to pick it up".
"This case, which resulted in Mr Fisher having to pay a total of £200, could so easily have been avoided if he had taken his environmental responsibility seriously".
He added, "We will continue to pursue non-payment of fines through the courts – we will not tolerate people who behave in this manner".
Caerphilly StreetPride is a council initiative that brings together the services that keep Caerphilly county borough clean, green and safe. Its aim is to work with residents to keep street and neighbourhoods at a standard that promotes pride and community responsibility.
To report dog fouling or other environmental concerns in Caerphilly county borough, please call Caerphilly StreetPride on 01443 866 566 or visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/streetpride
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