Dog mess lands owner a £200 fine

First published in News

A FORMER Monmouthshire resident was fined £200 and ordered to pay a further £300 in costs after failing to pick up when her dog fouled a playing field used by Magor Primary School.

Christina Thomas, formerly of Withy Close, Magor, appeared before Cwmbran Magistrates on February 10. She had been issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice by Monmouthshire’s environmental health team for the offence, which happened in April, but when she failed to pay the council took legal proceedings.

Councillor Giles Howard, cabinet member for regulatory services, said: “Dog fouling is consistently raised by residents as unpleasant and a risk to public health. The fine clearly reflects that concern, particularly since this occurred in a field specifically used for children’s play. “ The council will shortly pilot a ‘Give Dog Fouling the Red Card’ campaign in Monmouthshire’s Severnside area and will work in partnership with community councils to raise awareness around the issues of fouling and the penalties for not disposing of dog faeces properly.

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5:38pm Sat 15 Feb 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

Hopefully this will be a warning to anyone that doesn't pick up after thier dogs. I also hope that in time they will include a penalty for allowing your dog to roam the streets, as its not rocket sicence that they haven't been picking up after thier dogs then either.
Hopefully this will be a warning to anyone that doesn't pick up after thier dogs. I also hope that in time they will include a penalty for allowing your dog to roam the streets, as its not rocket sicence that they haven't been picking up after thier dogs then either. grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: 37

5:45pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Notebook says...

Take a walk along the new walk from Sainsburys to Carleon to see the other joys of the people who do pick up... and then throw it into the trees. Endless decorations of bags of mess that will be there for many a year!!
Priceless
Take a walk along the new walk from Sainsburys to Carleon to see the other joys of the people who do pick up... and then throw it into the trees. Endless decorations of bags of mess that will be there for many a year!! Priceless Notebook
  • Score: 33

6:09pm Sat 15 Feb 14

CynicalAndJaded says...

Frankly, the fine is not nearly enough. They should have taken her back to the playing field and rubbed her nose in it.
Frankly, the fine is not nearly enough. They should have taken her back to the playing field and rubbed her nose in it. CynicalAndJaded
  • Score: 42

7:03pm Sat 15 Feb 14

foxy3rd says...

This is something we could really do wit.h in Newport.Some of the lowlife - typeof dog owners seem to encourage their dogs to go right in the middle of pavements, most people such as those who drive everywhere don't have any idea of how filthy Newport really is.
This is something we could really do wit.h in Newport.Some of the lowlife - typeof dog owners seem to encourage their dogs to go right in the middle of pavements, most people such as those who drive everywhere don't have any idea of how filthy Newport really is. foxy3rd
  • Score: 31

10:47pm Sat 15 Feb 14

ExNewport says...

Notebook wrote:
Take a walk along the new walk from Sainsburys to Carleon to see the other joys of the people who do pick up... and then throw it into the trees. Endless decorations of bags of mess that will be there for many a year!!
Priceless
I would have thought that the residents of Caerleon -being a nicer part of Newport - would have more respect than that for others and themselves but obviously I am wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Notebook[/bold] wrote: Take a walk along the new walk from Sainsburys to Carleon to see the other joys of the people who do pick up... and then throw it into the trees. Endless decorations of bags of mess that will be there for many a year!! Priceless[/p][/quote]I would have thought that the residents of Caerleon -being a nicer part of Newport - would have more respect than that for others and themselves but obviously I am wrong. ExNewport
  • Score: 15

12:47pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Templar05 says...

foxy3rd wrote:
This is something we could really do wit.h in Newport.Some of the lowlife - typeof dog owners seem to encourage their dogs to go right in the middle of pavements, most people such as those who drive everywhere don't have any idea of how filthy Newport really is.
Nasty dog owners would get lynched in Canada, for their actions . I'm not one for picking up my dogs mess so I let her go in the backyard before we go for a long stroll . A shovel and a garbage bag quickly disposed of . It doesn't take a genius ...Then again I'm not a Minger .
[quote][p][bold]foxy3rd[/bold] wrote: This is something we could really do wit.h in Newport.Some of the lowlife - typeof dog owners seem to encourage their dogs to go right in the middle of pavements, most people such as those who drive everywhere don't have any idea of how filthy Newport really is.[/p][/quote]Nasty dog owners would get lynched in Canada, for their actions . I'm not one for picking up my dogs mess so I let her go in the backyard before we go for a long stroll . A shovel and a garbage bag quickly disposed of . It doesn't take a genius ...Then again I'm not a Minger . Templar05
  • Score: 11

6:01pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Casnewydd lad says...

I once told a guy to pick up the mess his dog had just done as I had stepped in some days before and I was told where to go and threatened, where's an environmental officer when you need one. Glad this has gone to court if you don't want yo scoop the poop then don't have a dog!!!!
I once told a guy to pick up the mess his dog had just done as I had stepped in some days before and I was told where to go and threatened, where's an environmental officer when you need one. Glad this has gone to court if you don't want yo scoop the poop then don't have a dog!!!! Casnewydd lad
  • Score: 19

10:29pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Vauxfiat says...

We regularly walk our two Dogs along the river bank between Lysaghts bridge and the Old green but there is nowhere along there where we can put our doggy bags in.
Surely Newport City Council could install some red dog mess bins along paths where they know that dogs are walked.
We are responsible owners and ALWAYS clear up after our dogs..It is the minority that tar us all with the same brush.
We walk through Black Ash Park and there is one bin. We need more....
We regularly walk our two Dogs along the river bank between Lysaghts bridge and the Old green but there is nowhere along there where we can put our doggy bags in. Surely Newport City Council could install some red dog mess bins along paths where they know that dogs are walked. We are responsible owners and ALWAYS clear up after our dogs..It is the minority that tar us all with the same brush. We walk through Black Ash Park and there is one bin. We need more.... Vauxfiat
  • Score: 16

12:25am Mon 17 Feb 14

inkyskin says...

there's a dog owner opposite st woolos hospital who just opens his front door and lets his dog out to wander freely and mess where it likes :/
there's a dog owner opposite st woolos hospital who just opens his front door and lets his dog out to wander freely and mess where it likes :/ inkyskin
  • Score: 6

9:20am Mon 17 Feb 14

jimmysmith says...

foxy3rd wrote:
This is something we could really do wit.h in Newport.Some of the lowlife - typeof dog owners seem to encourage their dogs to go right in the middle of pavements, most people such as those who drive everywhere don't have any idea of how filthy Newport really is.
your wrong there foxy .every one outside of newport ,knows what a filthy place it is .thats why no one visits .
[quote][p][bold]foxy3rd[/bold] wrote: This is something we could really do wit.h in Newport.Some of the lowlife - typeof dog owners seem to encourage their dogs to go right in the middle of pavements, most people such as those who drive everywhere don't have any idea of how filthy Newport really is.[/p][/quote]your wrong there foxy .every one outside of newport ,knows what a filthy place it is .thats why no one visits . jimmysmith
  • Score: -1

12:36pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

The worst place I have ever seen for dog mess in Newport is along Summerhill Avenue, near to the vets.
You have to watch every step for fear of walking in it.
The worst place I have ever seen for dog mess in Newport is along Summerhill Avenue, near to the vets. You have to watch every step for fear of walking in it. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 2

1:28pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Jo_Williams says...

Cats' mess is just as offensive.....but the owners don't care as it's not their gardens the cats 'go' in. I spend far too much time clearing up other people's animals' mess from my garden It's disgusting and I don't want my children playing near it.
Cats' mess is just as offensive.....but the owners don't care as it's not their gardens the cats 'go' in. I spend far too much time clearing up other people's animals' mess from my garden It's disgusting and I don't want my children playing near it. Jo_Williams
  • Score: 9

2:24pm Mon 17 Feb 14

rightsideup says...

Good!.
Good!. rightsideup
  • Score: 3

2:41pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ncfcr says...

Why do people even own dogs? They're lame and stupid. I can only assume that people who have failed at forming relationships with their own species find some type of wraped solace in receiving affection from an animal which walks around sniffing things arses.
Why do people even own dogs? They're lame and stupid. I can only assume that people who have failed at forming relationships with their own species find some type of wraped solace in receiving affection from an animal which walks around sniffing things arses. ncfcr
  • Score: -4

2:41pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ncfcr says...

for wraped, read 'warped'.
for wraped, read 'warped'. ncfcr
  • Score: -1

3:52pm Mon 17 Feb 14

welshmen says...

ncfcr wrote:
Why do people even own dogs? They're lame and stupid. I can only assume that people who have failed at forming relationships with their own species find some type of wraped solace in receiving affection from an animal which walks around sniffing things arses.
ncfr: As for your comment, perhaps you've sniffed a few arses in your time, or are you lame and stupid in forming any relationship.

On the serious side, If made Law this could work, micro chip every dog also take DNA, with this data base wardens could take samples of droppings, check for the DNA, fines to cover the costs of the wardens actions, over a short period of time people would automatically pick up after their dog....

Dog's do more for humans than we do for them, Dogs for the Blind, Dogs for the infirm, Police Dogs, War dogs, Rescue Dogs, and your favourite "sniffer Dog for drugs, I am sure there are more good things our dogs do too, their upkeep for this is a bowl of food a couple of times a day water and a good walk....
[quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: Why do people even own dogs? They're lame and stupid. I can only assume that people who have failed at forming relationships with their own species find some type of wraped solace in receiving affection from an animal which walks around sniffing things arses.[/p][/quote]ncfr: As for your comment, perhaps you've sniffed a few arses in your time, or are you lame and stupid in forming any relationship. On the serious side, If made Law this could work, micro chip every dog also take DNA, with this data base wardens could take samples of droppings, check for the DNA, fines to cover the costs of the wardens actions, over a short period of time people would automatically pick up after their dog.... Dog's do more for humans than we do for them, Dogs for the Blind, Dogs for the infirm, Police Dogs, War dogs, Rescue Dogs, and your favourite "sniffer Dog for drugs, I am sure there are more good things our dogs do too, their upkeep for this is a bowl of food a couple of times a day water and a good walk.... welshmen
  • Score: 6

5:09pm Mon 17 Feb 14

the_daddy2009 says...

ncfcr wrote:
Why do people even own dogs? They're lame and stupid. I can only assume that people who have failed at forming relationships with their own species find some type of wraped solace in receiving affection from an animal which walks around sniffing things arses.
And the award for most remedial post goes to.... Well done window licker.
[quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: Why do people even own dogs? They're lame and stupid. I can only assume that people who have failed at forming relationships with their own species find some type of wraped solace in receiving affection from an animal which walks around sniffing things arses.[/p][/quote]And the award for most remedial post goes to.... Well done window licker. the_daddy2009
  • Score: 3

7:28pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Limestonecowboy says...

ncfcr wrote:
Why do people even own dogs? They're lame and stupid. I can only assume that people who have failed at forming relationships with their own species find some type of wraped solace in receiving affection from an animal which walks around sniffing things arses.
Sounds like you've had a bad experience with a dog (sniffing anothers a***?)well not all dogs are like that ...plenty more fish!
[quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: Why do people even own dogs? They're lame and stupid. I can only assume that people who have failed at forming relationships with their own species find some type of wraped solace in receiving affection from an animal which walks around sniffing things arses.[/p][/quote]Sounds like you've had a bad experience with a dog (sniffing anothers a***?)well not all dogs are like that ...plenty more fish! Limestonecowboy
  • Score: -2

10:05am Tue 18 Feb 14

ncfcr says...

the_daddy2009 wrote:
ncfcr wrote:
Why do people even own dogs? They're lame and stupid. I can only assume that people who have failed at forming relationships with their own species find some type of wraped solace in receiving affection from an animal which walks around sniffing things arses.
And the award for most remedial post goes to.... Well done window licker.
Thank you, dog bummer.
[quote][p][bold]the_daddy2009[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: Why do people even own dogs? They're lame and stupid. I can only assume that people who have failed at forming relationships with their own species find some type of wraped solace in receiving affection from an animal which walks around sniffing things arses.[/p][/quote]And the award for most remedial post goes to.... Well done window licker.[/p][/quote]Thank you, dog bummer. ncfcr
  • Score: 0

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