Nearly a hundred people in Denbighshire have been fined for allowing their dogs to foul in public since the start of the year.
Council officials say 97 people were given fixed penalty notices for not cleaning up mess left by their dogs over the last five months. One person was taken to court for not paying their fine in time – the defendant was ordered by Llandudno magistrates to pay £145 in court costs and a £20 victim surcharge alongside a £75 fine.
Another 43 people were also prosecuted for littering by dropping cigarette butts, taking the total amount of fines to around £9,000.
Denbighshire’s cabinet lead member for Environment, Councillor David Smith, said: “The majority of the residents of Denbighshire act in a responsible manner by cleaning the mess left by their animals. However, there continues to be this anti-social behaviour from a minority of people who think it’s ok to leave dog mess. Not only is this anti-social but it also affects the visual image of the area and the quality of life for residents…taking action through the courts is very much a last resort – we would prefer not to need to issue fixed penalty notices in the first instance.”