Woof justice for dog owners

A WHITBY pet owner was one of five people punished by the magistrate’s court for dog related offences.

Malcolm Eglon of Newlands Avenue pleaded guilty by post to a dog fouling offence at North Promenade on West Cliff.

At the hearing at Scarborough on Friday he was fined £50, a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £85.

The four other cases took place elsewhere in the borough and also included owner’s not cleaning up after their dogs and a man being dealt with when his German Shepherd dog attacked a Chihuahua.

Graham Hibberd, Scarborough Borough Council’s Senior Dog Warden said: “The Dog Warden Service is committed to investigate all cases of dog fouling and will continue to vigorously enforce dog control legislation to ensure that the whole borough is a clean and safe place for residents and visitors.

“The majority of dog owners are responsible and I am sure that they would support action against the irresponsible minority who fail to pick up faeces left by dogs in public places which is not only unpleasant but can also transmit disease to other dogs and humans.

“In addition to clearing up after their dogs owners also have a responsibility to ensure their pets are controlled when in a public place. The case involving the Chihuahua was very distressing for both the dog and its owner and should serve as a reminder to dog owners to maintain proper control of their dogs at all times.”