Irresponsible dog owners are fined

17/1/07 News Folder'070344b Scenesetter of Manor Road Cemetery
17/1/07 News Folder'070344b Scenesetter of Manor Road Cemetery

SEVEN pet owners have been prosecuted for dog-related offences by Scarborough Council following investigations by the authority’s Dog Warden Service.

The following defendants were sentenced at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court:

Diana Margaret Shaw, of The Beach, Filey, was charged with owning a dangerous dog after her animal attacked another dog at Coble landing, Filey.

She was ordered to keep the dog under proper control and ordered to pay costs of £120.

Robert Gage, of West Road, Filey, pleaded guilty by post to dog fouling offences, with two of his dogs in Filey Country Park.

He was fined a total of £200, a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £60.

Irene Adcock of Prospect Park, Scarborough, attended and pleaded guilty to a dog ban offence in Manor Road Cemetery, Scarborough.

She was fined £30 with a victim surcharge of £15.

Julie Hilton, of East Mount Flats, Longwestgate, Scarborough, attended and pleaded guilty to a dog fouling offence in St Mary’s Church Yard, Scarborough.

She was fined £40 with a victim surcharge of £15.

Michelle Rigby, of Hovingham Drive, Scarborough, attended and pleaded guilty to a dog ban offence in Manor Road Cemetery and was fined £30 with a victim surcharge of £15.

Adrian Bream, of Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty by post to a dog ban offence on West Beach, Whitby and was fined £30, costs of £60 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Terry Jackson, of Church Street, Elsecar, Barnsley, pleaded guilty by post to a dog ban offence on West Beach, Whitby and was fined £30, costs of £60 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Graham Hibberd, Scarborough Council’s senior dog warden, said he hoped the prosecutions would serve as a deterrent to other irresponsible dog owners.

Mr Hibberd said: “The Dog Warden Service is committed to investigate all cases of dog fouling and will continue to vigorously enforce dog control legislation to ensure that the whole borough is a clean and safe place for residents and visitors.

“The majority of dog owners are responsible and I am sure that they would support action against the irresponsible minority who fail to pick up faeces left by dogs in public places which is not only unpleasant but can also transmit disease to other dogs and humans.

“In addition to clearing up after their dogs owners also have a responsibility to ensure their pets are controlled when in a public place.”

To report dog fouling in your area or any other dog related offences contact the council’s Dog Warden Service by either telephoning (01723) 232323 or emailing dog.warden@scarborough.gov.uk

Last month it was revealed the council’s Environmental Health officers are hoping to review dog regulations and have identified a number of potential changes – including the relaxation of the dog ban covering the cemetery so that dogs could be walked there as long as they are kept on a lead.

The report – Review of Dog Controls in the Borough – was approved by the authority’s Cabinet and is subject to a three-month public consultation process, with the results due before Cabinet in February.