Plymouth man fined £885 for dog fouling

A dog owner who allowed their canine to poo outside a woman's home has been taken to court and fined almost £900.

The unimpressed woman who caught the dog pooing outside her house confronted the owner after waiting to see if he was going to pick it up.

After the man ignored her offering of a poo bag and walked away, the woman decided to follow him to find out where he lived.

She reported the issue to the council and provided his full address so he could be tracked down.

A £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) was handed to the man but he decided to ignore this too.

The man was subsequently taken to court where he was found guilty.

He was made to pay a total of £885 in fines and costs.

Plymouth City Council recently announced environmental enforcement officers will be targeting the city's streets and parks to fight back against the recent increase in dog fouling.

A council spokesperson said: "Since social distancing measures were introduced, the council has seen a rise in reported cases of owners failing to pick up after their pooches.

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"At the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, enforcement was not deemed an essential service. However, because of the hazardous nature of dog waste and its dangers to children, officers will be back on patrol from Monday.

"Uniformed and plain-clothed officers will be patrolling areas of the city where complaints have been received."

Any dog owner who fails to clear up their dog's mess can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100. This could cost the messy owner up to £1,000 if the case goes to court.

The law says that not having a suitable bag or being unaware a dog has fouled is not a reasonable excuse.

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