Dog owner fined after pet was filmed fouling on towpath in Northamptonshire

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A dog owner has been fined for allowing his dog to foul a towpath after the incident was filmed by a witness on a camera phone.

The witness was out walking in Whilton Locks when they saw the dog wandering around without its owner.

Pulling out their camera phone, they then filmed the dog as it fouled the towpath before heading back to its owner’s property. The passer-by reported the incident to Daventry District Council (DDC) and supplied the footage as evidence.

Enforcement officers from the council then visited the owner to inform him of the incident and issue him with a £75 fixed penalty notice, which he accepted.

Councillor Mike Warren, health and housing portfolio holder at Daventry District Council, said: “Enforcement action is a last resort but we will take it where necessary. In this instance the evidence was clear and the dog owner accepted the offence and paid the fine.

“We would like to thank the community-spirited passer-by, whose quick-thinking allowed us to deal with the incident appropriately. I would urge other members of the public who see offences such as this to report them to us also.

“By working together we can reinforce the message to the minority of irresponsible dog owners in our district – it is not acceptable to allow your pets to foul our public spaces.”

The incident, on October 19, comes after DDC agreed to introduce new enforcement powers to tackle dog fouling.

The new rules, set to be introduced on December 1, will mean dog walkers face a £100 fine if they fail to:

- Pick up their dog’s poo

- Carry the means for picking up their dog’s poo while on a walk

- Stop their dog from entering a fenced-off playground

- Place their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer

- Put their dog on a lead in the area around the visitor centre and café at Daventry Country Park

Find out more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/dogfouling. To report dog fouling visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/online or phone 01327 871100.