“We know that keeping our streets and parks free of dog mess is extremely important to our residents and visitors. This case should remind all dog walkers that failing to clean up after their dogs is an offence, and one that we take very seriously.”To report a dog fouling hot spot, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/reportit.
A Lichfield woman has been fined after failing to clean up after her dog. Despite not attending the court hearing, 42-year-old Hayley Allen, of Ploughmans Walk, was found guilty of a dog fouling offence on September 28 at Tamworth Magistrates Court. The court heard how council officials saw Ms Allen failing to remove her dog’s mess at Beacon Park in March 2010. The council only started proceedings to prosecute Ms Allen after she failed to pay a fixed penalty notice of £80, and did not come to a follow up meeting to discuss the offence and payment of the fine. The court fined Ms Allen £120, ordered her to pay court costs of £350, and a victim surcharge of £15. Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Environmental Protection, said: