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Second fine for dog fouling offender

Second fine for Scunthorpe dog fouling offender

11 October 2017

Scunthorpe woman Danielle Andrew of Stratton Court has been fined for a second time for letting dog faeces pile up in her garden. 

North Lincolnshire Council secured the second prosecution on Friday 29 September 2017 at Grimsby Magistrates Court. This is just over a year since the last prosecution for repeatedly failing to pick up after her dog.

The first prosecution for Danielle Andrew was in June 2016 when she received a fine of £882.

Following the first prosecution the council’s Environmental Health Team were contacted by Danielle Andrew’s landlord, Ongo on 5 January 2017 about the accumulation of dog faeces in her garden.

On a planned inspection on 6 January 2017, Environmental Health Officers from the council found evidence of dog faeces. A letter was sent to Danielle Andrew reminding her of her responsibility to pick up after her dog and keep her garden clear. She did clean up the dog faeces so no further action was taken.

Evidence was then gathered between between 16 January 2017 and 27 March 2017, where eight offences were recorded. 

Danielle Andrew was fined £1,000 for her first offence with no additional penalty for the remaining seven offences. She was ordered to pay £1,574.12 in costs and surcharges to on top of this.

Dog faeces can pose a significant health risk to humans and can cause cramps, diarrhoea, intestinal illness and serious kidney disorders. Dog faeces are also known to contain a variety of parasitic worms with the most common variety being roundworm or Toxocara Canis that can lead to Toxocariasis in humans and lead to serious illness, even blindness.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“It is shocking that the offender has been prosecuted twice for the same offence. It is unacceptable behaviour. Dog owners have a responsibility to pick up after their pet.

“We will continue to work closely with Ongo to combat the problem.

“Dog faeces can pose a significant health risk and we will take action when owners are not acting responsibly.”

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First Published:11 October 2017