Dog owner scoops huge fine

Bramston Street Recreation Ground, Brighouse
Bramston Street Recreation Ground, Brighouse

A Rastrick resident has been ordered to pay £1,050 for not cleaning up after his dog in one of the borough’s parks.

Calderdale Council has successfully prosecuted Jonathan Wilson of Clara Street for failing to clear up after his dog on two separate occasions in Bramston Street Recreation Ground, Rastrick.

The Council’s dog warden witnessed both offences and served Wilson with a fine of £80 each time which the 43-year-old refused to pay.

When the dog warden approached Wilson he refused to give his details, and then gave false details; and the second dog fouling offence happened in an area where children play.

Wilson was found guilty at Calderdale Magistrates of four offences - two for dog fouling, one for failing to provide his details and one for giving false details. He was fined £500 and the Council was awarded full costs of £500. He also has to pay a victim surcharge of £50.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Councillor Barry Collins, said: “This case shows that we won’t hesitate to take action if dog owners fail to clear up when their dogs have fouled. Residents and visitors deserve a clean and safe borough, and we’ll continue to tackle the problem of dog fouling.

“The vast majority of dog owners take a responsible approach, but to those who don’t, we’re sending out a clear message: pick up or pay up.”

Calderdale Council has five dog control orders in the borough to promote responsible dog ownership and to highlight the issues of dog fouling, dog control and care for our environment.

One of the orders is that dog walkers must clean up after their dogs everywhere except in moorland and woodland.

Anyone who doesn’t comply with any of the orders will be fined £80, which reduces to £50 if the fine is paid within 10 days. Court proceedings will begin if fines are not paid within 14 days.

Brighouse Councillor Colin Stout (Ind) added that it was important that dog owners should not be painted with the same brush but welcomed the news that offenders are being dealt with.

“It is nice to see the Magistrates are taking the problem seriously and making the appropriate sentences,” he said.