Warning for irresponsible dog owners after prosecutions

TWO Scarborough men have been fined by magistrates after prosecutions brought for dog fouling offences by Scarborough Council.

Robert Findlay, of Queen’s Terrace, was fined £65 and ordered to pay court costs of £60 and a victim surcharge of £15 after he admitted not cleaning up after a dog at the Gladstone and Falsgrave Recreation Centre. Paul Edward Hepples, of Colescliffe Road, was fined £350 and ordered to pay court costs of £120 and a victim surcharge of £15 for failing to clean up after a dog in Barrowcliff Road.

Hepples was convicted in his absence as he did not attend the hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court and also did not plead to the offence by letter.

The council’s health and community safety manager Steve Pogson said the sentences should act as a warning for irresponsible dog owners.

He said: “There is no excuse for not cleaning up after a dog and I would like to thank the majority of dog owners in this borough who carry bags with them and therefore can dispose of their dog’s waste in the correct manner.

“Our dog wardens will continue to help ensure this borough is a clean and safe place for our residents and visitors and we will continue taking court action against the irresponsible minority who flout the law and make life a misery for others.”