Plymouth man fined nearly £1,000 after failing to pick up after his dog

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A dog owner who failed to pick up after his dog on two separate occasions has been ordered to pay nearly £1,000.

Paul Gargett, aged 57 of Pike Road in Efford, had his case heard at Plymouth Magistrates Court on last Thursday where the hearing was held in his absence. The court heard how in October 2023, a witness saw a brown and white dog roaming free along Pike Road.

Recognising the dog, and able to identify Gargett as its owner, the witness was able to take photographic evidence of the dog fouling the pavement and report it to the Council's Environmental Enforcement team.

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Having positively identified Gargett as the owner of the animal, the Council issued him with a fixed penalty notice for £100.

The witness was again able to provide photographic evidence of an offence that took place later that month. With the FPN for the first offence still unpaid, Gargett was summonsed to court to answer for both counts.

Although Gargett did not attend the hearing, Magistrates ordered him to pay two fines, one of £220 and another of £330. He must also pay costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £220. The full amount of £970 must be paid within 28 days.

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Councillor Tom Briars-Delve, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Climate Change, said: "Dog fouling is one of the issues that residents often tell us that they can't stand so I'm pleased that we have been able to hold this person to account through the courts.

"The message to irresponsible dog owners is clear - pick up after your dog or face the consequences. The message could not be simpler - pick up after your dog. If you do not, and someone sees you and reports you, you could end up almost £1000 out of pocket."

Dog fouling is prohibited in Plymouth by a city-wide Public Space Protection Order. The order also covers dog control.

Have you spotted someone let their dog foul? Can you identify them? Then report it to the council at: https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/dogcontrol

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