Pet owner fined over dog mess

A PET owner who left 30 heaps of dog mess in his Cotmanhay back garden has been handed a £400 fine.

Neighbours were upset at the sight and alerted Erewash Borough Council last year, a court heard.

On May 11 last year, environmental health officers wrote to Adam Woolley at his home in Bright Street.

“He was told of the allegation and that he should take relevant steps to prevent this type of activity continuing in the back garden,” said Mr Raf Ali, prosecuting. “No such action was taken by Mr Woolley,”

As a result a nuisance abatement notice was served on Woolley on August 11.

This said he should prevent ‘the accumulation of dog faeces’ at the rear of the property.

Magistrates were told staff were unaware how many dogs Woolley owned – but they counted 26 piles of mess on September 28. By October 7, it had risen to 30 but was later reduced slightly.

“A further visit was made on January 26 and there were only 23 piles of dog faeces in the back yard,” said Mr Ali.

Woolley had 21 days to lodge an appeal against the abatement notice but failed to do so.

He also failed to attend the hearing of Southern Derbyshire Magistrates in Derby on Thursday.

In his absence, he was found guilty of defying the notice by failing to remove an accumulation of dog faeces between September 28 and January 26.

The court was told he had a telephone conversation with the council the day before the hearing, indicating that he intended to turn up at the hearing.

Mr Ali told the JPs: “At the premises, there are a number of dogs. We don’t know the exact number.

“He has certainly in a telephone call admitted that he has a number of dogs.”

The three JPs were offered colour photographs of the nuisance but presiding magistrate Mavis Douglas said: “Black and white will suffice, thank you.”

Woolley was fined £400 with a £15 government surcharge and must also pay the council’s costs of £200.

He was given a month to pay after failing to contact the court.