Bolton Council showed its determination to crack down on dog fouling, one of the most common offences reported to councils, by securing a conviction against a local resident.
Sandra Munro of 38 Moorfield Grove, Bolton pleaded guilty to allowing her dog to foul a footpath at the back of Moorfield Grove and then failing to remove the faeces. She was issued with a fixed penalty for the offence at the time, but failed to pay. She did not attend court, but pleaded guilty by post and was fined £100 and ordered to pay £238 costs and £15 victim surcharge.
Bolton Council works throughout the year to tackle dog fouling and has warned residents that anyone failing to clean up after their dog has fouled is liable to a £75 fixed penalty notice (reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days). Failure to pay the fine may result in prosecution.
Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, said: “We know that dog waste is an issue that greatly concerns residents and staff work all year round to educate dog owners and carry out targeted enforcement in problem areas. Free poop scoop bags are also available so there really is no excuse for dog owners not to bag and bin dog waste. We hope that this fine serves as a reminder to dog owners to scoop their poop and ensure that Bolton’s public spaces are clean, safe and enjoyed by everyone.”
Residents who wish to request free poop scoop bags or report dog fouling in their area can call 01204 333333. Please note that specific information about locations and any details of the times of the offences taking place will provide the best chance of tackling the issue.