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Dog owner pays the price for filthy behaviour

Published Monday, 03 August 2015

A dog owner who was prosecuted by Enfield Council been forced to fork out more than £800 after he failed to clear up after his dog defecated on the road opposite Enfield Grammar School.

Jonathan James, 28, of Stamford Hill, London, was found guilty of failing to remove dog faeces in his absence at Tottenham Magistrates’ Court on 17 July and ordered to pay a £400 fine, £40 Victim Surcharge and £375.10 costs. If he had paid the original FPN he would have paid £80.

James was spotted by two Police Community Support Officer in Baker Street, Enfield on 29 October as they were leaving Enfield Police Station, they saw him on a bicycle a little ahead of the dog and made no effort to clean up the animal’s mess. When confronted he insisted that he be given the chance to clean up after his mess but admitted he did not have any bags with him.

He was issued with an £80 FPN and, when he had not paid, was sent a letter on 26 November by Enfield Council, who take the lead for enforcement of dog fouling reminding him he needed to pay by 9 December or face prosecution, but no payment was forthcoming.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Dog Fouling  is irresponsible, lazy and sets a bad example. It’s indescribably disgusting to allow your pet to defecate in the street and then leave it for other people to walk through and we just won’t tolerate it.

“Our residents hate it when dog owners refuse to clean up after them and we completely understand their concerns, we work very hard to catch the people responsible and I am delighted that in partnership with the police we have managed to prosecute this individual. “

Diseases such as Campylobacteriosis, E.Coli, Salmonellosis, Yersiniosis, Crytptosporidium, Giardia, roundworm, Tapeworms and Toxoplasmosis can all be transmitted to humans from dog faeces. Toxocara canis is the most common type of roundworm which can cause blindness in rare cases. The tapeworm eggs remain active, long after the dog foul has weathered away and is a concern for parents.

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