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Council prosecutes dog owner

Thursday, 05 December 2013 20:16

A dog owner has received a fine and costs after he allowed his dog to be at large on the public highway and foul the pavement.


Peter Amott of 96 Ballabrooie Drive, Douglas was prosecuted under the Dogs Act 1990 at Douglas magistrates’ court on November 27th.


On Friday September 6th Douglas Borough Council’s assistant waste services manager was in Ballabrooie Drive and saw the dog, which he later learned to be owned by Mr Amott, at large. He subsequently observed the dog foul the pavement, photographed the dog and the faeces and took note of the telephone number on the dog’s collar.


On Wednesday September 11th Mr Amott admitted ownership of the dog when challenged by two of the Council’s Borough Wardens who informed Mr Amott he would be reported for consideration of prosecution under the Dogs Act.


Mr Amott received a fine and costs totalling £128.43, which included the cost of sending a team out to cleanse the area.


RitchieMcNicholl MediumEnvironmental services advisory committee lead member Councillor Ritchie McNicholl (pictured) said: ‘The Council will not hesitate to bring prosecutions against dog owners who flout the town’s byelaws by allowing their dogs to foul the pavement then fail to clear up after them. I commend all those Council officers involved in this successful prosecution for their vigilance and determination.


‘Dog fouling is deeply antisocial behaviour. The Council fully supports the Borough Wardens in adopting a hard line in this and all similar offences.


‘Most dog owners are, of course, responsible individuals. There will always be the minority, however, whose flagrant disregard for their fellow citizens causes a blight on our town. The Council will be relentless in pursuing these people who wantonly spoil the enjoyment of others with their selfish behaviour.’

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