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Dog owner fails in appeal against dog fouling conviction

Article date - 26 May 2017

A St Helens dog owner has been hit with fines and costs totalling over £3,600 after failing an appeal against a conviction for a dog fouling offence.
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In August 2016, the defendant was ordered to pay over £700 in costs after being found guilty at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates’ Court of failing to remove his dog’s faeces, and then refusing to provide his details to a St Helens Council Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officer, after allowing his pet to foul in a skate park adjacent to Kentmere Avenue.

He appealed against the conviction but failed to attend court on five occasions to support his appeal.

Yesterday (25 May), at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates’ Court, the Judge noted that the defendant had demonstrated "incredible arrogance" in doing so and dismissed the appeal accordingly, ordering him to pay his previous sentence and an additional £2904.56 in costs for the appeal hearings.