Solihull Council Successfully Prosecute For Dog Fouling
Dog Fouling Prosecution
Solihull Council has prosecuted a Chelmsley Wood woman for failing to clear up after her dog. Having previously pleaded not guilty, the Moat Croft resident was tried at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on 7 September 2015. The district judge heard that on 27 February 2015 the defendant was seen by two police officers walking her dog along Holly Lodge Walk in Chelmsley Wood. The police officers witnessed the dog foul the footpath twice which she then failed to remove.
Following the incident, the Council’s environmental crime officers issued her with a £75 fixed penalty. The 41 year old failed to pay the fixed penalty which resulted in her being summonsed for the offence. The defendant was found guilty and fined £100. She was also ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £20.
Following the verdict Cllr Karen Grinsell, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Stronger Communities & Partnerships, said “This is a great example of the Council and the Police working together to tackle the issues that matter to local people. Dog fouling won’t be tolerated in Solihull, and the minority who still don’t clear up after their dog will be pursued by our environmental crime officers and could find themselves in court receiving a fine and a criminal record”.
Residents can report incidents of dog fouling online via the Solihull MBC website: www.solihull.gov.uk or call 0121 704 8000.