10 May 2012
A Caerphilly county borough resident has been taken to court and fined for a dog fouling offence.
Rachel Fletcher of High Street, Llanbradach was taken to court for non-payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice, initially issued to her by a Caerphilly County Borough Council Environmental Enforcement Officer for allowing her dog to roam and subsequently foul on High Street, Llanbradach.
The case was heard at Caerphilly Magistrates Court on 1st May 2012. Ms. Fletched did not attend court; therefore the case was proven in her absence.
She has been ordered to pay a £200 fine, together with £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Rob Hartshorn, Head of Public Protection said, "There is no excuse for allowing a dog to foul on public land and then fail to pick it up. As a council we have a zero tolerance stance towards such behaviour and those responsible will face consequences for their actions".
"Where non-payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice occurs, we pursue the matter through court without exception. I hope that prosecutions such as this show the very small minority that failing to take their environmental responsibilities seriously could cost them dearly", he added.
To report dog fouling or any other environmental concern, please contact Caerphilly StreetPride on 01443 866 566 or visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/streetpride.
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