Woman fined more than £650 after failing to clear dog mess

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A DOG owner has been ordered to pay more than £650, after she failed to clean up after her pet in a park.

Katie Arnell, 18, of Watts Road, Buckland, was seen with a dog on a lead in Duke Crescent Green, Buckland, in February.

A Portsmouth City Council officer saw the dog foul within seconds of entering the green, which is used by local children.

Arnell walked away without clearing up the mess, and failed to pay an on-the-spot fine of £75, which led to the case going to court.

This week she failed to attend Portsmouth Magistrates Court, but was found guilty in her absence.

She was ordered to pay a £400 fine and £253.60 costs.

Paul Fielding, assistant head of transport and environment at the council, said: ‘The majority of people with dogs are responsible, and clean up their mess.

‘We’re determined to catch the minority of people who don’t. Dog mess is disgusting and can be a dangerous source of disease for children.’

The city council wants to enforce the message that it will not tolerate this.

Councillor Eleanor Scott, cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: ‘The message is clear, if you are caught dog fouling, you will be fined. If you don’t pay the fine you will be prosecuted. Don’t use people’s neighbourhoods as your dog’s toilet.’

To report owners failing to pick up dog foul, call (023) 9283 4092.