Dog owner fined after letting his Jack Russell dog roam free close to main road (From This Is Lancashire)
Dog owner fined after letting his Jack Russell dog roam free close to main road
5:50am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
A DOG owner is facing a bill of nearly £1,000 after his Jack Russell was left free to run about off its lead close to a main road.
John Wilkinson, of Crown Lane, Horwich, denied his dog had been loose in the street but he was found guilty of two offences at Bolton Magistrates Court.
The court heard how the Jack Russell was spotted running along Crown Lane on Thursday, February 7, at 7.30am by a Bolton Council environment enforcement officer.
The dog was unsupervised and then entered a yard occupied by Wilkinson. The officer took a photograph of the dog.
Wilkinson was sent a fixed penalty notice for failing to keep a dog a lead on Wednesday, February 13, but he failed to pay the fine.
Just three weeks after the first incident, on Thursday, February 28, a member of the public complained to Bolton Council about the dog being off its lead.
The complainant said the dog was not under its owner’s control and had been running up and down the road.
The council said the owner’s property had an entrance directly on to the main road and that the dog was being left free to run onto the road, putting motorists at risk.
An investigating officer tried to arrange an interview with Wilkinson but he failed to make contact.
He was summoned to Bolton Magistrates Court on July 19 and denied the offences.
During his trial he claimed the dogs involved in both incidents were not his pet, but magistrates ruled in favour of Bolton Council and convicted Wilkinson of both offences.
He was fined £260 and ordered to pay £700 to Bolton Council in court costs.
A Bolton Council spokesman said: “The council views the safety of motorists and road users as paramount and we must respond to any complaints where dogs are roaming free on the borough’s highways.
“Legislation enables us to issue fines to people who do not keep their dog on a lead when on busy roads but we only issue fines if dog owners persistently ignore warnings to keep their dogs under control.”