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Dog owners are reminded to clear up after their pets!

Posted by Suffolk Coastal District Council on 30 November 2018 | Comments

A Witnesham resident who ignored two Fixed Penalty Notices for failing to clear up after his dog has been made to pay of total of £600 after Suffolk Coastal took him to court.

The Council brought a prosecution against Mr Mason at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court. When Mr Mason failed to attend, the court heard the matter in his absence and fined Mr Mason £150 for failing to clear up after his dog on two separate occasions, in Witnesham, Suffolk.

He was also ordered to pay £450 costs.

In April 2018 Council officers were notified of two separate incidents where Mr Mason had failed to clear up after his dog had fouled on public land. Mr Mason received two fixed penalty notices but failed to pay.

Cllr Steve Gallant, Suffolk Coastal Cabinet Member with responsibility for Community Health said:

“Our district is a really dog friendly place and we know that most dog owners are responsible and clear up after their pets.

“There are a small number of inconsiderate people who feel the rules do not apply to them, but there is absolutely no excuse for failing to clear up after your dog.

“We want to ensure that all public areas are safe for everyone to enjoy and will not hesitate to take action against anyone who is found responsible for despoiling our environment.”

The council introduced Public Space Protection Orders in January 2018 to tackle dog fouling across the district. Failure to clear up after a dog in your control could result in a fixed penalty notice of £80 being issued. Failure to pay the fixed penalty notice may lead to prosecution and a potential maximum fine of £1000.

Suffolk Coastal has a statutory duty to keep public land clear of litter and refuse, including dog fouling and will take action against irresponsible individuals who fail to clear up after their dogs within a restricted area. Not only is dog fouling highly unpleasant, it is also a hazard to health.