Owner scoops huge dog fine

Dog fouling sign on Bramston Street Recreation Ground, Brighouse
Dog fouling sign on Bramston Street Recreation Ground, Brighouse

A Calderdale 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, Rastrick, 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. 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, Coun 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.”