A mother-of-one has spoken of her outrage after she was fined £100 by a litter warden who said she didn’t pick it up her dog’s mess in a park quickly enough.
Susie Foley’s pug dog Stan fouled near the main beach in Fleetwood, Lancashire, as she was putting her 18-month year old daughter Scarlett in a pram.
She claims the warden watched her struggle with Scarlett and then slapped her with the fine.
Susie Foley’s pug dog Stan fouled near the main beach in Fleetwood, Lancashire, as she was putting her 18-month year old daughter Scarlett in her pram
The mother-of-one appealed against the fine by email and was unsuccessful.
She has now been warned she will be taken to court if she does not pay by April 15.
Mrs Foley, 35, said: ‘I was angry and upset because for the six years I have had my dog I have always cleaned up after him, I am a responsible owner.
‘I have no problem with wardens fining people who just allow their dogs to foul public areas.
‘This enforcement warden could see what was happening, I had to put the safety of my daughter first before I attended to the dog.
‘He did not even give me a chance to deal with it, and that is the frustrating thing.
‘If I am forced to pay this fine I will pay it, but I am arguing about the principle of the thing.’
The environmental enforcement firm District Enforcement Ltd, acting on behalf of Wyre Council, Blackpool, said Mrs Foley did allow her dog to foul in a public place and did not attend to it.
On its website, Wyre Council states it will issue penalty notices if dog mess is not cleared away – but does not set out a time frame for doing do.
Wyre Council declined to comment.
After her appeal was turned down, Mrs Foley, who works as an administrator for plastics firm Victrex, contacted Wyre Council, hoping the council would relent because of the circumstances.
But she says she was told the official had acted fairly and within his remit, and refusal to pay could result in her being liable for prosecution.
Susie, 35, claims the warden watched her struggle with Scarlett and then slapped her with the fine
A spokesman for District Enforcement Ltd said: ‘We cannot comment on this case as it is an ongoing investigation.
‘Should the alleged offender fail to discharge their liability from prosecution by paying the fixed penalty notice, the case will be referred to a magistrates’ court.
‘It is important to note that if any of our environmental crime officers observe a member of the public failing to pick up after their dog, they will be issued with an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice of £100.
‘All of our patrols are intelligence-led across the borough of Wyre, which have resulted in the issuance of 35 fixed penalty notices for dog fouling since October 29, 2018.’
Wyre has previously stated that residents across the borough have highlighted dog fouling in public spaces as a major issue they want to see tackled by the council.
Last year the authority approved a 12-month pilot scheme deploying Liverpool firm District Enforcement Ltd to combat environmental crime.
Its officers are armed with body-worn, high definition cameras to film footage of wrong-doing in all cases where notices are handed out.
Wyre Council said it was aware of the matter but declined to comment.