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Dog owner fined for repeatedly refusing to clean up poo

The council continued to receive complaints

Date issued: 17 February 2020

A resident who repeatedly refused to clean up large amounts of her dog's mess from their own garden has been fined £1,343.

Residents complained to Colchester Borough Council in February 2019 about the smell of a large amounts of dog faeces at 19 Buffett Way, Colchester.

As part of its investigation, Environmental Protection Officers visited the property and the faeces were initially removed. However, further complaints were received and Ms Sadd was warned to clear the faeces regularly. The council continued to receive complaints and it served a Notice in June 2019 ordering her to clear the mess and prevent the accumulation of future mess.

Ms Sadd breached the notice on two occasions and was brought before Colchester Magistrates’ Court on 16 January 2020. Ms Sadd, who did not attend, was ordered by pay £330 per offence, so £660 in total, and to pay £650 in costs and £33 in victim surcharge.

Councillor Mike Lilley, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Communities, Wellbeing and Public Safety, said: “This was an extreme case of an irresponsible dog owner who refused to clean up after her three German Sheppard dogs. This had an unpleasant impact on their neighbours with a terrible smell and problems with flies.

“Clearing up after your dog is a basic duty of an owner. We’d rather not have to take people to court to get this message across, but as a last resort we are willing to do so.”

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