Owner fined for leaving dog mess

Friday, 15th April 2011

People who take their pooch out on a dog collar and lead should make sure they clean up any mess made by their four-legged friend.

Although most owners do clean up their dog's mess, one man from Lincoln has found out the consequences of not doing so, reports thisislincolnshire.co.uk.

Nigel Larnach was spotted by officials not cleaning up after his Rottweiler and was fined £175 for the offence.

Environmental enforcement officer Tony Garner, animal warden Julie Nelder and an urban ranger were on patrol in the area after a number of complaints were made about dog mess in the vicinity.

Following the case, Mr Garner told the news provider: "If people don't clean up after their dogs they will get caught and we will not hesitate to take action against them."

Ms Nelder added: "All we are asking is for people to take responsibility for their pets and clean up the mess after them."

The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 means that a person in charge of a dog that fails to remove faeces from designated land will be charged.