Carlisle City Council is reminding residents to ensure they clean up after their dog has fouled following a successful court prosecution.
On the 15th January 2019, a dog that was being walked by Byron Rogers of Levens Drive, Carlisle, was witnessed fouling on the grass within Carlisle Crematorium grounds.
Rogers failed to clean up indicating he did not have the means to do so. Rogers was issued with a fixed penalty notice for the offence, which he failed to pay. Despite reminder letters being sent to Mr Rogers he failed to respond.
The matter was referred to the Magistrates Court and was heard on Wednesday 3 July 2019. Having outlined the facts of the case, and presenting the evidence, the bench found the matter to be proved.
Rogers was found guilty of failing to clean after a dog he was in charge of which fouled at Carlisle Crematorium, Contrary to The Public Space Protection Order No1 2018. The bench agreed to award costs of £254, imposed a fine of £220 and Victim Surcharge of £30; resulting in a total penalty £504.
A Carlisle City Council spokesperson said: “Carlisle Cemetery and Crematorium is a place where people come and visit and pay their respects to people they have lost. It is very upsetting for people who are visiting their loved one’s graves to find dog fouling there. Dog fouling is not only unpleasant and anti-social but can be harmful to others.
“It is important that dog walkers remember that not having the means to clean up is not a defence. We take the issue of dog fouling very seriously and dog owners have a responsibility to ensure they clean up after their dog has fouled.”