A Wolverhampton dog walker has been fined £220 for failing to pick up his pet's mess from a city street.

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Donovan Magee, let his dog foul in Clifford Street, Whitmore Reans on the morning of 4 April this year and then left without picking it up.

The incident was observed by an officer working for Kingdom - City of Wolverhampton Council's environmental crime enforcement partner.

Dog fouling is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The 29 year old, of Allen Road, Whitmore Reans, was issued with a fixed penalty fine of £75 at the scene.

However, he failed to pay the fine and ignored reminder notices.

The case was referred to the magistrates court where Magee was found guilty in his absence.

He was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £175 plus a £30 victim surcharge.

Councillor Steve Evans, City of Wolverhampton Council's cabinet member for city environment, said: "The majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pets, but unfortunately a minority of anti social people let the rest of us down.

"It is right that people who leave dog mess on the ground should be punished - it is a disgusting and selfish act and dog mess can cause blindness in children.

"This individual foolishly ignored his fixed penalty notice and has now ended up with a court fine which will hit him considerably harder in the pocket.

"I hope this will serve as a warning to other irresponsible dog owners out there that you run the risk of getting caught, fined, named and shamed if you don't pick up your animals' mess."

  • released: Monday 14 November, 2017