Dog owner gets £1,750 bill for failing to clear up pet's mess

Thurrock Gazette: Dog owner fined £1200 for failing to clear up mess Dog owner fined £1200 for failing to clear up mess

A DOG owner who refused to pay a £75 fine is set to receive a bill for more than £1,750 after he failed to clear up his dog's mess.

Paul Halcrow, of Plymouth Road, Chafford Hundred, was found guilty of the offence at Basildon Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The 31-year-old originally denied the offence which happened in March - where he failed to clear up after his boxer who had left excrement on a patch of grass near his home - but was caught  out after council officers stepped up patrols in the area following complaints by residents.

Halcrow failed to appear for three hearings and was eventually found guilty after photographic evidence was produced in court.

He was hit with a £500 fine and ordered to pay costs of £1,210.52. A victim surcharge of £50 was also imposed. A 14 day collection order was made on the fine.

Councillor Angie Gaywood, the council’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “While Thurrock Council wants to crack down hard on this sort of environmental crime and welcomes Monday’s decision by the magistrates, it would prefer to sort things out more quickly.

“Had this man engaged with the council he could have been offered a £75 fixed penalty fine, not a £1,200 bill from magistrates’ court two weeks before Christmas.”

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8:01pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Rob-C100 says...

At last something is being done about these vile dog owners. There is a Facebook page if you fancy getting involved in shaming these lowlives to clear up the mess: https://www.facebook
.com/ZeroPooChafford
?ref=ts&fref=ts
At last something is being done about these vile dog owners. There is a Facebook page if you fancy getting involved in shaming these lowlives to clear up the mess: https://www.facebook .com/ZeroPooChafford ?ref=ts&fref=ts Rob-C100

9:04pm Tue 10 Dec 13

rocket1 says...

i went for a walk around chafford on sunday,as well as the paths being covered in dog poo the hedgerows are festooned with bags of dog poo that has been launched into the undergrowth.
i went for a walk around chafford on sunday,as well as the paths being covered in dog poo the hedgerows are festooned with bags of dog poo that has been launched into the undergrowth. rocket1

10:38pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Mick P says...

We own a dog,and we wouldn't dream of taking our dog out without taking two poo bags,police should ask all dog walkers to see if they are carrying one if not fine them! Simple really
We own a dog,and we wouldn't dream of taking our dog out without taking two poo bags,police should ask all dog walkers to see if they are carrying one if not fine them! Simple really Mick P

11:48pm Tue 10 Dec 13

knighs1 says...

Great work. Right now lets see some action taken against Cat owners as well! Never seen a Cat owner clean up after them!
Great work. Right now lets see some action taken against Cat owners as well! Never seen a Cat owner clean up after them! knighs1

11:04am Wed 11 Dec 13

DannyButcher says...

knighs1 wrote:
Great work. Right now lets see some action taken against Cat owners as well! Never seen a Cat owner clean up after them!
That's a joke, right?
[quote][p][bold]knighs1[/bold] wrote: Great work. Right now lets see some action taken against Cat owners as well! Never seen a Cat owner clean up after them![/p][/quote]That's a joke, right? DannyButcher

12:16pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Mattster says...

knighs1 wrote:
Great work. Right now lets see some action taken against Cat owners as well! Never seen a Cat owner clean up after them!
Cat owners cannot be held legally responsible for anything the Cat does.
[quote][p][bold]knighs1[/bold] wrote: Great work. Right now lets see some action taken against Cat owners as well! Never seen a Cat owner clean up after them![/p][/quote]Cat owners cannot be held legally responsible for anything the Cat does. Mattster

12:38pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Jb66 says...

knighs1 wrote:
Great work. Right now lets see some action taken against Cat owners as well! Never seen a Cat owner clean up after them!
They have a hard time climbing over fences into other people's gardens I expect.
[quote][p][bold]knighs1[/bold] wrote: Great work. Right now lets see some action taken against Cat owners as well! Never seen a Cat owner clean up after them![/p][/quote]They have a hard time climbing over fences into other people's gardens I expect. Jb66

8:25am Thu 12 Dec 13

Indred Cold says...

should have rubbed his nose in it
should have rubbed his nose in it Indred Cold

12:28am Sat 14 Dec 13

The Hog says...

DannyButcher wrote:
knighs1 wrote:
Great work. Right now lets see some action taken against Cat owners as well! Never seen a Cat owner clean up after them!
That's a joke, right?
no joke when your granddaughter walks in from your back garden covered in cat excrement. If I try and stop the cat coming in too my garden,I'm seen as the bad person. Even when all thats used is water.. there comes a point when cats should be seen as vermin. Give the sparrows a chance..
[quote][p][bold]DannyButcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]knighs1[/bold] wrote: Great work. Right now lets see some action taken against Cat owners as well! Never seen a Cat owner clean up after them![/p][/quote]That's a joke, right?[/p][/quote]no joke when your granddaughter walks in from your back garden covered in cat excrement. If I try and stop the cat coming in too my garden,I'm seen as the bad person. Even when all thats used is water.. there comes a point when cats should be seen as vermin. Give the sparrows a chance.. The Hog

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