A man from Northamptonshire has been fined £225 after allowing his dog to foul on a village green.
Tom Messenger, of The Green in Creaton, was also ordered to pay £200 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge at Northampton Magistrates Court on Monday, October 21, following an investigation by Daventry District Council.
On April 10, 2013, the council’s dog warden saw an unsupervised dog foul on the village green in Creaton.
The dog was followed back to its home and Daventry District Council wrote to Mr Messenger, the owner, on a number of occasions, but he failed to respond, leaving the council with no alternative but to prosecute.
Mr Messenger was fined £75 for allowing his unsupervised dog to foul the village green, £75 for providing no identification on the dog such as a collar or tag, and £75 for failing to initially respond with information that would identify him as the owner of the dog.
Councillor Richard Atterbury, Daventry District Council’s environmental health portfolio holder, said: “We hope the level of this fine sends a clear message to that minority of dog owners still failing to pick up after their dogs that such practice will not be tolerated.
“I’m pleased the magistrates viewed the offence seriously and would urge any residents who see dog owners failing to pick up after their dogs to report the matter to the council.”