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Residents Fined For Dog Fouling Offences

Friday June 15 2012




TWO Barnsley residents have been fined hundreds of pounds for not picking up after their dogs.

Richard Twidale-Smith, 47, of Wilkinson Road, Elsecar, was prosecuted for failing to pick up after his dog had fouled council land at a playing field off Milton Street, Hoyland.

He had been given a £50 fixed penalty fine but had not paid it. At court, he received a total fine of £466.20, which included payment towards the council’s prosecution costs.

Lisa Marie Hodgson, 27, of Rose Avenue, Darfield, was prosecuted for two offences; for allowing her dog to foul, and for littering a wrapper from a cigarette packet. Both took place on playing fields off Barnsley Road in Darfield.

She was given two fines - £50 for the dog fouling incident and £75 for the littering incident - but didn't pay them. She was found guilty in her absence and was fined £200 for each offence, plus council costs - a total fine of £722.96.

Coun Roy Miller said: “Dog fouling and littering are a major blight on our environment, making our open spaces look uncared for and deterring investment in our area.

“Dog fouling, when it comes into contact with skin, can cause blindness through the larvae of a roundworm which it carries called Toxicara Canis; over 100 cases per year are reported, mainly in young children.

“Over a third of all fires result from accumulations of litter. Council officers regularly patrol problem areas, both in uniform and in plain clothes and have a zero tolerance policy. Fixed penalties will be issued to any offenders they catch, and if those penalties are not paid people will find themselves facing prosecution, where the fines in court could be much higher, as can be seen in these cases.”

* Picture shows Coun Miller. *

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Reply Posted by Baileyter on Friday June 15 2012 at 15:32
Should fine cat owners as well cos cats burrying there muck is an old wifes tale they will only bury in soft sand =sand pits that children love to play in they too can spread nasty viruses 

Reply Posted by King Louis on Friday June 15 2012 at 15:50
And horses, have you seen how much comes out of the back of horses onto the roads and footpaths?,...oh but its wealthy people who have a horse so they don't count

Reply Posted by Jo-jo on Friday June 15 2012 at 17:39
about time people did respect their town keep it litter free and as for dog owners that don't clean up after their dogs should be the ones who walk in it and take through their houses,

Reply Posted by Flat Cap on Friday June 15 2012 at 21:09
I wish these officers would make an appearance in Wombwell, the whole town smells of sh!t when the weather warms up!

Reply Posted by Dvdsds on Saturday June 16 2012 at 11:29
Horse crap doesn't have any diseases within like dogs, hence why you can put it on your allotment. I guess you have some issues with those who ride horses, is it because you weren't allowed a donkey ride at Blackpool as a Kid ?

Reply Posted by Disgruntled on Wednesday June 27 2012 at 07:59
Typical narrow minded brainwashed people thinking only the rich have horses! You idiot...and horse muck doesn't contain diseases as horses don't consume meat products (which produces a foul smell), what you see is mainly forage! Why do you think people spread horse manure and not dog muck on plants? Lastly, tell me how you would cope with having to ride carrying a bin bag and huge scoop....nimrods!