Leeds City Council have issued a warning to dog owners after a Bramley woman was hit with a £5,000 fine following five offences for dog fouling and five offences for not keeping her dog on a lead.
Angela Dunn of Victoria Park Grove, Bramley, was sentenced in her absence at Leeds Magistrates Court last week and fined £5,000 in relation to ten offences. She was also charged with paying Leeds City Council’s legal costs of £1,968 and a victim surcharge of £200.
The council says Ms Dunn ended up in court after she failed to engage with the council’s cleaner neighbourhoods team, ignoring a £100 fixed penalty notice for an initial offence of dog fouling.
Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for climate, energy, environment and green space, said: “Not picking up after a pet that fouls in a public area is completely irresponsible and inexcusable.
“Whilst we never want to have to resort to such measures, any dog owner who behaves in such a way can be assured that a fine will be issued if there is clear evidence they have broken the law.
“If a fixed penalty notice is given, people should also be aware that we will take further action through the courts if the payment of a fine is ignored. As was the case here, this could result in a much larger financial penalty than what you have had to pay through a FPN.”