Dog owner fined over piles of dog dirt

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A pet owner who failed to clean up piles of dog faeces from the rear garden of his property was fined £200 by magistrates.

Philip Green, of Hazelmount Drive, Warton, was issued with an Abatement Notice by the city council for failing to cleanse his rear garden.

This followed complaints from his neighbours about piles of dog faeces he had allowed to accumulate at his property.

The notice was served following a number of visits from Environmental Health staff to discuss the matter and the issuing of warning letters.

Mr Green failed to comply with the Abatement Notice and was taken to court as a consequence.

The case was heard at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court when Mr Green pleaded guilty and was fined £200 and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Mr Green assured the court that he would keep the garden clean in future, and Environmental Health Officers will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action if required.

Coun Karen Leytham, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental health, said: “Unfortunately, accumulation of dog faeces on private property is a common problem dealt with by the council’s Environmental Health Service.

“All complaints are investigated and action is taken where appropriate.”