Man fined for failing to clean up after dog in Leeds playground

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A MAN has been ordered to pay more than £200 after failing to pick up after a dog in a Leeds playground.

An environmental action officer and dog warden spotted Michael Ellis walking four dogs when he failed to pick up the mess made by one of them.

Officers noted that all four dogs were off their leads.

Ellis, 52, of Fourth Avenue, Rothwell, had been walking the dogs on the John O’Gaunts playground when the incident occurred earlier this year.

Officers issued a £75 fixed penalty notice to Ellis at the time and it remained unpaid.

Ellis was recently found guilty at Leeds Magistrates’ Court last week for failing to pick up after the dog.

He was handed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, said: “Dog control orders are in place to keep everyone safe and to help ensure owners pick up after their pets.

“But where owners neglect their duties, we will continue to educate and prosecute as necessary.”