Leeds park tip-off leads to £770 dog mess fine

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dog walkers are being warned to clear up after their four-legged friends in a Leeds park or find themselves falling foul of the law.

Eagle-eyed spotters in Calverley’s Victoria Park, west Leeds helped to collar a dog owner who failed to clear up after his pooch twice earlier this year.

Peter Haddington, from Bradford, has been forced to pay out £770 after he was reported to the Leeds City Council’s dog warden service.

Haddington was ordered by magistrates to pay a £100 fine, an additional £655.25 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Coun Mark Dobson, executive member responsible for environmental services, said: “We are very grateful to the community-minded people whose own detective work help us investigate and bring about this prosecution. It is not acceptable to allow your dog to foul without clearing it up. Dog fouling in a public area is not only unsightly it also poses many health risks, especially to children who may be playing in the park. This case shows such laziness and disregard for other people can be very costly too.”

The latest warning comes months after Leeds City Council announced restrictions on the number of dogs that can be walked at any one time.

The Failure to Clear Up After A Dog Order has been in force since 2006 and applies to any land within the council’s administration which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled to have access to.

Local councillor Rod Wood (Con, Calverley & Farsley) added: “Dog fouling is a real nuisance and spoils people’s enjoyment of the city’s many parks and green spaces. By bringing prosecutions against owners like this, we can hopefully deter this kind of behaviour.”

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