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Cambridge woman prosecuted for dog fouling offences

17 December 2021

IN a prosecution brought by Cambridge City Council, a Cambridge woman has been ordered to pay a fine of £100, as well as costs, for failing to clear up after her dog at Cherry Hinton Hall. 

Tina Jay, of Dolphin Court, was ordered to pay a total charge of £334 by Huntingdon Magistrates. Ms Jay failed to clean up after her dog at Cherry Hinton Hall in May 2021 and was observed committing the offence by officers from the council’s Public Realm Enforcement Team.

Ms Jay was issued with a fixed penalty notice as an alternative to prosecution. When she failed to pay the fine, the matter was referred to the court and she was prosecuted for the original offence.

Ms Jay did not enter a plea and was found guilty in her absence on Wednesday 1 December. As a result of this successful prosecution, Ms Jay was ordered to pay a fine of £100, as well as £200 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said: “Dog fouling not only blights our streets and parks due to the mess it makes, but it can be harmful to people's health. Understandably, this is matter of major concern for many residents and that’s why we take action against people who flout the law.

“I hope this prosecution sends a clear message to local residents – please make sure you dispose of dog waste responsibly, either by taking it home or using a public dog waste or general waste bin.”

Dog fouling is a criminal offence and anyone caught allowing their dog to foul in public places without clearing up after them faces a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice (reduced to £50 if paid within seven days). Failure to pay will result in prosecution with a maximum fine of £1,000.