Woman fined £200 for dog dung pile

A Lincoln woman was fined over £200 for allowing her dog’s excrement to pile in her back yard. Neighbours suffering from the stench coming from Shelley Hubbard’s garden alerted the City Council, which asked her to clean up the mess.

“When I first visited, the weather was cold, but despite this there was a smell from the yard, which was causing a nuisance to the neighbours. We served a notice, which gave Ms Hubbard five days to remove and dispose of the faeces. On my next visit the faeces were still there, so the decision was taken to prosecute — and since then, the yard has been cleared,” said Julie Nelder, Dog Warden at the City of Lincoln Council.

Hubbard was prosecuted under the Environment Protection Act 1990, Section 80, after the “excessive amount” of faeces caused months of nuisance for her neighbours. She was fined £100 and ordered to pay £100 costs plus a £15 surcharge.

“It is unacceptable to allow dog mess to build up in this way. It is unhygienic and is unpleasant for neighbours. The council will take action wherever it can to deal with problems like this and will not shy away from using the court system to come to resolutions,” Nelder added.

Source: City of Lincoln Council | Photo: David Jones via Flickr