A St Matthews man has been fined £220 for letting his dog foul across the pavements of the city.
Harkdesh Modashia of Chatsworth Street, Preston, pleaded guilty to dog control offences at Preston Magistrates Court.
A dog warden had observed Modashia walking his Bull Mastiff Cross on the pavements of New Hall Lane and Mercer Street without keeping it on a lead.
The dog then entered Mercer Street Gardens where the dog did its business but Modashia failed to clear up the faeces.
The Preston City Council dog warden challenged Modashia, who refused to give the warden his details. Lancashire Police were called and threatened to arrest Modashia.
A court heard how Modashia suffered from depression and anger management and his only income was a carer’s allowance.
Modashia was fined £100 for failing to remove, forthwith, the dog faeces. He was also ordered to pay £100 towards prosection costs and a victim surcharge of £20.
Cabinet member for planning and regulation councillor John Swindells said: “The council is pleased that the vast majority of dog owners pick up after their pets but this should be viewed as a warning to anyone who commits similar acts.
“It is illegal not to pick up after your dog fouls, and the council is trying to encourage responsible dog ownership by educational means. However, when the law is broken we will take action through the courts.”
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